The Cheektowaga Police Department prides itself on its professionalism and dedication to duty. To remind sworn personnel of their obligation to uphold the oath taken upon hire, the Department put forth its Core Values of Honor, Integrity, Discipline, and Respect. Members are all given a copy of the values to carry with them as a constant reminder of the values they live each day as Cheektowaga Police officers. The values are as follows:
Honor holds the core values together. Honor means living up to the oath taken upon hire. It means understanding what’s right, and taking pride in the community’s acknowledgement of that reputation. Be true to your promises, and live the core values in everything you do. Honor creates a bond of trust among members of the department and shows the strength of will to live according to our values even when temptation is there to do otherwise.
Integrity is the willingness to do what’s right, even when no one is looking. A person of integrity has the moral courage to do what’s right, even if the personal cost is high. Be honest: we don’t lie; we make our word our bond. A person of integrity is responsible; acting according to the requirements of their duty, and accountable for their actions. There is no separation from professional to personal life, the standard remains the same.
Discipline is our obligation to exercise control over ourselves in all aspects of life. Avoid public displays of anger, discouragement, frustration and any action that would bring discredit. Maintain high standards physically and mentally. It takes discipline to strive for the excellence that is a hallmark of this department every day.
Respect for self, respect for others. Recognizing our authority, rely on the golden rule: treat others as we would like to be treated. Recognize that respect will not be given to us unless we show it to others and to ourselves. How we treat others reflects upon each of us, both personally and as a professional organization.