The mission of the Douglas County Sheriffs Office is to protect our county; it's various communities, and citizens from injury, danger, or loss. We will provide guidance and leadership to the citizens we serve, and we will do so by example. We will perform our duties with absolute fairness, justice, and professionalism, adhering to the highest traditions of law enforcement. We are responsible for coordinating and leading efforts within the county to preserve the public peace, protect property and the rights of persons, prevent crime and provide any reasonable assistance to our citizens within the scope of our authority and responsibility.
Enforcement of Laws
We enforce Washington State laws and county ordinances within Douglas County. We will do this in a fair and impartial manner, recognizing both the statutory and judicial limitations of police authority and the constitutional rights of all persons. Our role is not to legislate, render legal decisions, or punish.
We will use our core values as guidelines for our actions:
- Integrity - We will do what we know to be right, adhering to both the spirit and letter of the law. We will conduct ourselves in a manner that will bring honor to our profession, and build trust, confidence, and respect with the people we serve.
- Leadership - We will lead the way in law enforcement in our region. We will hire the most qualified individuals possible and utilize the most advanced methods in the performance of our duties. We will train to increase our skills and maintain the highest possible professional standards.
- Service - We will listen to our citizens and respond to the best of our ability. The public is our customer. We will be professional, courteous, and efficient. We will work in partnership with our citizens, community organizations, and other public service agencies to solve problems and create a safe and healthy environment for all concerned.
- Teamwork - We will work together as a team, respecting and supporting each other's roles and responsibilities. We will use initiative and creativity to reach our goals as a department and we will share in the success of our efforts.
Serve the People
We will dedicate our best efforts to the law enforcement profession, constantly striving for meaningful accomplishment in our work and pride in our department. We will serve the people of our county in a courteous and efficient manner. It is to these people that we are ultimately responsible.