- Police Department
Mission StatementTo improve the overall quality of life by preserving the peace and safety of the community.
Vision StatementThe St. Anthony Police Department is committed to hire, develop, and retain dedicated professionals who are devoted to exceptional policing service and creating a safe and secure community that is a desirable place in which to live, learn, work and play.
About Our Department
The St. Anthony Police Department is committed to Community Oriented Policing. We strive to establish connections with all community members and rely on positive relationships to solve issues. Policing involves a special trust given to us by the public to uphold and enforce the law. As public servants, policing requires us to have thousands of interactions with the public and the community we serve. Often times, these contacts are during times of crisis and distress and can unfold rapidly and in unforeseen directions.
We will remain mindful that policing involves a partnership with the entire community. As a partner in the community, all department employees will work cooperatively to ensure we are working towards the goals and objectives outlined in our police department’s strategic plan. The strategic plan will aid in focusing our resources, making data driven decisions and evaluating how we take inputs from all stakeholders and apply them with the intended goal to improve the overall quality of life by preserving the peace and safety of our community. Jointly, we will work to identify and prioritize problems within the agency and the community to develop solutions to problems of mutual concern. In interacting with the public, as well as one another, we will be professional and consider how our conduct may impact others.
A clear vision creates clarity of purpose. A clear mission improves the quality of our service. Our identified goals and objectives will directly tie into our mission and vision. The police department’s mission and vision will directly tie into the city mission and vision. All of our police officers must be able to plausibly articulate how any policing action they may take fits into the department’s mission, vision and strategic plan.
Historically, our department has placed an added emphasis on public service, public relations, juvenile relations, and crime prevention. The emphasis will continue to remain present in all our police activities on a day to day basis, and apply equally to all citizens. We must seek to provide a personalized service to our residents in the interest of effective public relations.
While larger communities enjoy the luxury of specialization among its officers, our department members must work toward being proficient in all phases of police service. The Department will remain committed to training that works toward these proficiencies yet at the same time builds on our capacity in areas of Procedural Justice and Fair and Impartial Policing. We must constantly strive to accomplish our mission on an individual basis and as a team member of the department. We must work toward our goals and objectives in a manner that will bring credit to the police profession, our department, and our community.
The St. Anthony Police Department has a total of 20 sworn officers, 2 full-time civilian staff, and 1 full-time Community Service Officer. Additionally, the Department has 14 Reserve Officers. The Department also provides police services for the city of Lauderdale on a contractual basis.
*The St. Anthony Police Department will no longer distribute police patches to patch collectors. Patches are official symbols of the Department, paid for by taxpayers. The cost of patches, postage and time are prohibitive. For these reasons, we are unable to honor requests for shoulder patches.