19th Ave New York, NY 95822, USA

West Valley Police Department

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Vision Statement

We will aspire to be a leader in policing, a model for character, innovation, and service. We will strive to protect our diverse and dynamic community and will work in partnership with residents to promote public safety, reduce crime, and improve the overall quality of life enjoyed by our citizens. We will professionally execute our role as law enforcement officers and public servants with fairness, integrity, compassion, and respect for the rights of all individuals. Together, we will resolve to develop a creative, forward-thinking workforce, dedicated to raising our level of excellence to meet the challenges of tomorrow.
We will work diligently and tirelessly to continually improve ourselves. Partnerships and collaboration will be the primary themes of building a new strategic plan for our police department. This plan will serve as a living document through which we will both establish and prioritize the goals and objectives of our organization and will also assist us in overcoming the challenges that we currently face. Ultimately, this plan will serve as our road map to the future by focusing us on those things that unify our efforts in fulfilling our mission and achieving our vision.

We will work together as an organization and be ever-cognizant that our effort to improve public safety and the quality of life for our community is our top priority. We will be undeterred in serving the public with the highest degree of professionalism, accountability, and fairness. We will maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of our organization through strategic alignment of our resources in a manner that best achieves our mission.

In the next week, the deputy chiefs and I will be organizing a team of representatives, selected by you, from the various units and sections of the police department. The task of this workgroup will be to improve trust and rapport across the entire organization by engaging in open and honest dialogue while also working to develop a shared commitment in furthering the activities that we already do well while also working to identify, reduce, and eliminate those conditions, issues, or structures that impede us in progressing.


Chief Lee W. Russo


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Mission Statement

The mission of the West Valley City Police Department is to work in partnership with the community to protect life and property, solve neighborhood problems, and enhance the quality of life in our City. In doing so, members of this Police Department commit themselves in the following core tenets:

1) Protect Life and Safety
2) Preventing Crime
3) Reducing the Fear of Crime
4) Bringing Offenders to Justice
5) Maintaining Public Accountability
6) Providing Excellence in Service

Core Values:
By definition, community policing reflects a set of values, rather than a set of of prescribed technical standards that guide the policing function. Values in policing reflects an orientation by the organization that focuses emphasis on the quality of service delivery, building a supportive and responsive relationship between the police and community, and promoting a supportive and empowering relationship throughout the organization’s leadership and rank-and-file.

Ethical behavior is the cornerstone of public trust. For any police department to maintain such trust, it must constantly demonstrate that its partnership with the community will be fair, objective and securely rooted in consistently applied ethical principals. Members of the West Valley City Police Department are expected to demonstrate, through words and deeds, that the best interest of the public is always in the forefront of their decisions.

Therefore, we uphold the public trust by being honest. In doing so, we maintain the highest standards of professional and ethical character.

We are dedicated to enhancing public safety and reducing the fear and incidence of crime. People in our communities are our most important customers. The mantra of “To Protect and to Serve” is more than a slogan – it is our way of life. We will work in partnership with the people in our communities and do our best, within the law, to solve community problems that effect public safety. We value the great diversity of people in both our residential and business communities and serve all with equal dedication.

Therefore, we provide dedicated and compassionate assistance by promoting leadership, cooperation, and creativity. We aspire to improve the quality of life in partnership with the community.

Accountability is a requirement to take action, be that action either legal or moral. It is the impetus to act and be take responsibility. As police officers, we have the legal obligation to serve and protect the residents of the of our city, and the legal requirement to preserve order and uphold the law. However, our obligation extends beyond the obvious legal requirement. For us, there is an obligation to service that is tied directly to our personal honor. We act not just because of our legal authority, but because of our personal duty help and solve problems.

Therefore, we will be responsive to community needs and will always be accountable for our decisions and actions

Fundamental to delivery of professional police service is the fair and
equitable treatment of all individuals. Whether citizen or employee, all must
be treated with dignity and respect.
Fairness means we:
Act consistently with our values and expectations
Let compassion and courtesy guide our actions
Have respect for all people, their ideas and opinions
Apply rules, regulations and laws in an unbiased manner
Treat others as we want to be treated

Therefore, we treat everyone with respect and dignity in an unbiased manner. We protect constitutional rights through impartial enforcement of the law.

In sum, it is through the daily adherence to our core values and organizational mission that will demonstrate our commitment to professionalism and dedication to those with whom we work and serve.

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Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies

What is CALEA?
An accreditation program started in 1979 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Executive Research Forum, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, and the National Sheriff’s Association. This accreditation program is considered the Gold Standard in public safety. Accredited organizations represent a higher commitment to professionalism.

What are the benefits of a CALEA Accreditation?

  • Demonstrates our agency is well managed, well trained, and well prepared
  • Healthier, safer and more productive work environments
  • Provides a framework of well established practices and a system of accountability
  • Proven management system, sound training, clearly defined lines of authority, and routine reports that support decision making and resource allocation
  • Reduced of officer risk and exposure to liability through adoption of performance standards
  • Highly desirable to City and State attorneys and Risk Managers
  • Financial Incentive offered by insurance providers. Liability insurance providers have determined that CALEA accredited agencies cost them less money.
  • Accredited agencies are better able to defend themselves against civil lawsuits.
  • Many agencies report a decline in legal actions against them.
  • Accreditation provides objective evidence of an agency’s commitment to excellence in leadership, resource management, and service delivery.
  • Increased community advocacy
  • Requires an agency to institutionalize its directives, policies, and procedures.
  • This has been proven as one of the most successful methods for providing direction to personnel.
  • Accreditation standards provide necessary reports and analyses necessary to make fact based and informed management decisions.
  • Once initial accreditation is obtained a triennial re-accreditation ensures an agency remains in compliance.

For more information visit http://www.calea.org/

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Start By Believing

Paving the Road to Justice and Healing
There is no shame when a loved one dies. When your car is stolen. When you’re diagnosed with cancer. Friends and loved ones gather around you for support. They don’t blame you for “bringing it on yourself.”

It should be the same with sexual violence. Rape and sexual assault are just as unpredictable, just as devastating. But all too often, victims who have the courage to tell someone are blamed for bringing it on themselves. A terrifying attack becomes a source of shame, not support. And the pain — and shame — ripples with destructive effects on families, communities and the very fabric of our society.

Sexual violence hurts everyone.

The West Valley City Police Department is dedicated to changing the way we respond to rape and sexual assault. Our goal is to pave the way for survivors to achieve justice and healing, so the decision to come forward and seek help is a safe one. Our vision is to end the cycle of repeat offenses and assure that rapists are held accountable for their crimes. Please join us, and transform this vision to reality.

Improving our Response
As a department, we are dedicated to improving our reactions to sexual violence among professionals tasked with responding to victims and the community as a whole. Why? Because we recognize the many steps survivors must take on the road to justice and healing. They must reach out to a friend or loved one to say they’ve been sexually assaulted, call the police and be interviewed in embarrassing detail and submit to a medical forensic exam that could take hours. They have to talk with advocates and counselors about their incredibly painful experience, and participate in investigations that disrupt their lives… all of this to hold rapists accountable, so everyone can live in a safer community.

There are many steps. And each step is a link in the chain of support. But like any chain, one weak link can compromise the strength of the others. Just a single negative reaction can mean the whole chain falls apart. What’s worse, this means a victory for the rapist. He or she remains free to rape again. And statistics show that he or she won’t just attack once — rapists attack an average of six times. It’s a frightening equation; one failed response equals five more assaults.

We must do better. And we can do better.

The Start by Believing campaign focuses on our individual responses, because a friend or family member is typically the first person a victim confides in after an assault. Knowing how to respond is critical — a negative response can worsen the trauma.

One failed response equals five more assaults. Stop the cycle and make our community safer.


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