Mission Statement and Code of Ethics


MISSION STATEMENT

The primary mission of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office is to safeguard the lives and property of Beaufort County’s residents and guests. We foster and maintain partnerships with our community to better understand and address the diverse issues affecting Beaufort County. It is our firm belief that these collaborative problem-solving efforts, along with the appropriate and impartial application of state and local laws, will improve the quality of life and sense of well-being for Beaufort County residents and guests.

Goals and Objectives

  • Maintain agency integrity and credibility
  • Respect the rights of the individual, evidenced through implementation of ethical and humanitarian policies and procedures
  • Recognize the importance of Sheriff's Office personnel, evidenced by maintaining a work environment that facilitates professional growth
  • Maintain fiscal responsibility and accountability
  • Create and maintain community partnerships by providing opportunities for citizen volunteer involvement

LAW ENFORCEMENT CODE OF ETHICS

As a Law Enforcement Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality and justice.

I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of my department.  Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.

I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions.  With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.

I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of the police service.  I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession - law enforcement.