Collegedale Police Announce New Mission Statement Affirming Commitment To Community And Transparency

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

The Collegedale Police Department announced today that the Chief’s Round Table Advisory Committee has approved a change to its formal mission statement and core values.

The department’s mission is now “The pursuit of justice through community partnership, 
personal accountability, transparent policing practices and the defense of personal rights as 
granted by The Constitution of the United States and the State of Tennessee.”

The department’s new core values are: Courage, Dedication, Professionalism, Respect, Integrity, 
Duty, Excellence or “C.D. P.R.I.D.E.”

"This mission statement and department values refocus the Collegedale Police Department 
with a new purpose better suited for a modern world and the vision of Chief Jack Sapp,: officials said. "His vision of transparency for the purpose of building public trust have been a foundational 
cornerstone of his administration."

The Round Table Advisory Committee, consisting of officer representatives as well as civilian 
community members, was one of the agency’s first steps forward in rebuilding a partnership with 
the community, and was the deciding body that built the new mission statement and values that 
Chief Sapp officially signed into policy.

The committee also submitted ideas for a new motto for the department. The new agency motto 
is now “Service before self.”

“Consistent transparent accountability and holding ourselves to the standard of being servant 
leaders is exactly the kind of department we are working to create,” said Chief Sapp “and this 
new mission statement says simply that we will expect nothing less from ourselves or our fellow 
officers.”

The agency’s new mission statement replaces one that had been in effect for the past two 
decades.

"With this new change, the Collegedale Police Department takes a bold step forward,
reminding the public and themselves that police officers are guardians first and vested members of a larger community partnership," officials said.


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