Bakersfield Police Department announces new mission statement

April 24, 2019 /

The Bakersfield Police Department announced Monday — the beginning of Peace Officers Memorial Week — it has a new mission statement and new core values.

BPD Chief Lyle Martin said in a Facebook Live video staff and community members contributed to making the new statement.

The new mission statement is: “The Bakersfield Police Department partners with our community to protect the lives and property of the people we serve.”

Martin said in the video he wanted to come up with a new mission statement, “Because the community is the police, and the police is the community.”

The department also came up with new guiding values: compassion, accountability and professionalism.