The purpose of the City of Olean Police Department is to uphold the law fairly and firmly; to prevent crime and reduce the fear of crime; to pursue and bring to justice those who break the law; to keep the peace in partnership with the community; to protect, help and reassure the people; and to be seen to do all this with integrity, common sense and sound judgment.
We must be compassionate, courteous and patient, acting without fear or favor or prejudice to the rights of others. We need to be act professionally while remaining calm and restrained in the face of violence and apply only that force which is necessary to accomplish our lawful duty.
We must strive to reduce the fears of the public and, so far as we can, to reflect their priorities in the actions we take. We must respond to well-founded criticism with a willingness to change for the good of the City of Olean.