Mission, Commitment and Values


The mission of the Hot Springs Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in our community by ensuring the safety and wellness of all citizens, visitors, and employees. We will conduct ourselves with honesty, integrity, and fairness while holding our staff to the highest professional standards within the law enforcement community.


As members of the Hot Springs Police Department, we are committed to:

  1. Protecting the constitutional rights of all people
  2. Providing professional service to all citizens and visitors
  3. Using current technology, modern tactics, and law enforcement best-practices to determine our operational methodology
  4. Transparency and accountability to all

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We believe that Courage is the value that gives each of us the moral, mental and physical strength to do what is right, with confidence and resolution, even in the face of temptation or in times of danger. We recognize that “courage is not the absence of fear, but the mastery of it.” We stand firm in the face of danger, never backing down and will confront all threats to the safety and security of our community with strength, intelligence and sound tactics. We commit to have the courage to meet the demands of our profession and the mission entrusted to each of us. We promise to have the courage to make tough decisions and to always do the right thing.

We are committed to honoring the profession of law enforcement and all that it stands for. We are committed to being accountable for our professional and personal behavior. We will be mindful of the privilege we have in serving the City of Hot Springs, our fellow citizens, visitors and fellow city employees. We believe in abiding by an uncompromising code of integrity, taking full responsibility for our actions and keeping our word; doing what we say we will do. We will conduct ourselves in the highest ethical manner in relationships with citizens, supervisors, peers and subordinates. We promise to be honest, truthful and fair in how we treat all people that we come in contact with, both within and outside the Hot Springs Police Department.

We strive for excellence in every action we take and encourage each employee to go beyond normal expectations. We strive for excellence through the effective and efficient use of resources. We promote teamwork by putting aside our personal needs and desires and substituting those for what is best for the entire organization. We believe in empowerment; therefore, we trust each department member to make decisions that are in the best interest of the entire community, the City of Hot Springs and the Hot Springs Police Department. We are committed to solving problems by using innovation, new technology, communications and effort. We will lead by example - from a position of Servant-hood ‐ putting others’ needs ahead of our own.

We believe that Integrity is a cornerstone of our profession and that integrity is character in action. We value ethical conduct, public trust and commit ourselves to personal and professional excellence. We are morally and ethically aware, resolute, and above reproach at all times regardless of our duty status. We are people of character and principle and we do what is right, even when no one is looking. We are committed to upholding our position of public trust and to conduct ourselves responsibly by maintaining the highest moral and ethical standards. We are uncompromising in our commitment to truth, honesty, and respect in all relationships. We hold ourselves accountable for our actions and inactions, and are open and honest in our dealings with each other. We have the courage to do what is right and to stand against what is wrong.

We are committed to respecting the constitutional rights, liberties, different points of view and worth of all members of the community and department, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, appearance, individual beliefs or lifestyles. We respect the laws which we are required to enforce and the democratic process. We do these things with dignity and honor. Because we are entrusted with private matters of citizens and our peers, we strive to gain and maintain the confidence of those we come into contact with, both professionally and personally. We value life and liberty. We are committed to serve and treat all human beings with the utmost sensitivity, compassion and concern. We value the diversity of people in our community and serve all with equal dedication, respect and fairness.