Mission, vision and values
Every strategic plan weaves in a
mission to help define a purpose, a
vision for what will be achieved, and the
values, or principles, on which the organization's work is based. To update the department's mission, vision, and values, employee discussions and surveys were conducted. Community input was also collected through National Night Out block parties. Taking all the feedback into consideration, the following statements and principles were developed:
Mission – Provide superior service to keep Salem safe while enhancing trust.
Vision – To be a model for 21st-century policing using effective, innovative, community-informed approaches toward improved safety.
Values – Collaboration • Honor • Integrity • Compassion
With the newly proposed mission, vision, and values set, the next step included the development of the strategic plan's overarching goals, or a framework for the primary objectives to accomplish.
Three main themes surfaced:
Safety is intended to include keeping the community and employees safe.
Legitimacy is the public's belief that those who are charged with enforcing the law are capable, qualified, effective, and trustworthy.
Excellence reflects the quality the department strives to achieve through its continual efforts to be professional, forward-thinking, and modern.
Another community opportunity to provide feedback
Objectives, strategies and metrics
Each goal needs an objective and strategy to guide and realize the state intention. Metrics are also included to measure successful implementation of the strategies. Yet, community feedback is an essential component of the process.
For each of the established goals, a set of objectives was developed. We invite the community to review the
proposed objectives and provide your thoughts using the survey button available.
The opportunity for community feedback about the strategic plan objectives is available through October 24, 2021.