July, 2016 Community Message
The tragic events that took place in Dallas, Texas on July 7, 2016, will have a deep and lasting impact on law enforcement professionals as well as our nation’s citizens. This incident sparked additional attacks against police officers in other cities in our nation. Five police officers were killed and seven were wounded. Without question, this was the act of an individual who clearly committed a hate crime.
Despite this, like most of our nation’s law enforcement professionals, we continue to work with the attitude and determination to serve and protect our community. It is our desire to uphold the values of our agency (Integrity - Respect - Service).
In times of tragedy, as was the unfortunate and needless death and wounding of the Dallas Police Officers, we get the opportunity to consider what is truly meaningful and what is of lasting value. I am thankfully reminded that we are not alone and many of you understand the meaning and significance of the work we do and the ultimate sacrifice of laying one’s life down while serving one’s community, as those police officers willingly did.
I have included for your reading just a few of the words of encouragement and support from our community members:
“Not just today or because of recent events across our nation; but, every day we thank you for your service, our protection and dedication to your profession. Our congregation prayed for you today on our knees we asked that God protect you and bless you”
“May you end each shift in good health, with the feeling of a job well done and knowing the community supports you”
“We want you to know how much we appreciate your sacrifice and service. Thank you for all you do”
“We want to thank you for your service and dedication to keeping us safe. Each and every sworn member is valued. We are proud to have a positive presence from our community. Please be safe and aware. All of our appreciation”
“To all the awesome policemen out there!!! Thank you for all you do to keep the city safe! Hope you know how much you all are appreciated!!!”
“Thank you so much for all of your service and protection of us and our great community”
“We appreciate you so much – our hearts are with you – be safe!!”
Thank you for reminding and reinforcing the belief that the vast majority of people do appreciate what we do. I want to extend my appreciation for the many who have communicated their support not just to us but to the many police officers in our nation who choose to serve their communities. Thank all of you for thinking of us and praying for the police officers who serve their communities in an honorable and just way.
The support you have shown helps to promote and inspire in each of us a confidence and spirit of purpose to perform the mission at hand. Thank you for the many encouraging cards and emails, flowers and tokens of support. When I reflect on the idea that strong community support also makes us stronger, I can’t but think we are more united in our determination to police justly. I am deeply thankful to our community for the partnership you have shown us. It creates a united community and not a community that is divided.
May 26, 2016 Community Message
Dear community members,
I am very appreciative to the many voters who supported and decided to vote “yes” to pass the Clackamas County Emergency Radio Bond, ballot measure 3-475, on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Voting results showed that 71.1 percent of county residents voted in favor of Measure
3-476, with 28.9 percent opposed.
From a local perspective, I think this is certainly in the best interest of everyone in Canby.
The passing of this bond county-wide helped to spread the cost of the new system. Otherwise, local public agencies would eventually have to pay for the new emergency radio system and associated equipment out of their general fund which could result in a reduction of additional services to their community.
The passing of this bond will purchase 50% of the radios used by first responders and upgrade a much needed county- wide emergency dispatch system with new technology and seismic improvements, ultimately resulting in better emergency preparedness and response.
I am confident the residents in Clackamas County understood the importance of this needed public safety communications system. I am personally thankful to the overwhelming number of voters who were united in the passing of this ballot measure.
Thank you for your support.
Bret J. Smith
Mission and Responsibility
The Canby Police Department is comprised of dedicated police professionals, committed to the community, sensitive to the needs and interests of our citizens, while holding ourselves accountable to the highest standard of excellence and achievement.
We recognize that the authority and responsibility we carry is placed with us by our community, and there is every expectation that we be held accountable for our actions. We willingly take responsibility for our actions, owning up to shortcomings/mistakes, and honoring our obligations and requirements. We hold ourselves accountable not only to the organization but also the public’s expectations and to act with integrity as we work towards achieving our department’s Mission and Vision.
We believe crime is not only a police problem but a social problem impacting all aspects of the community. We are committed to working with the community to address these issues and actively seek police and community partnerships as a responsible approach to maintaining social order and controlling crime. We view our relationship with our community as a partnership, jointly working to solve all concerns of public safety. We will provide a quality service to our community and assist other agencies to the best of our ability; to everyone regardless of their status in life.
We are committed to proficiency, reliability, and excellence in all aspects of our conduct and performance; being truthful, honest and credible in all actions we take. We reject complacency and we view the essence of professionalism as a person’s character reflected in their dedication to duty. It is based upon the belief that honest dealings reveal honest character and what we do reveals who we are. It makes us want to do a little more and to strive to give our best.
In a spirit of teamwork, the Canby Police Department will strive to be an open, friendly, and community-minded organization devoted to quality public service. Our employees strive to provide a level of service consistent with the highest quality possible. We care that our citizens are satisfied with the level of service we provide and that all citizens have equal access to those services. Our approach to teamwork is based upon the principle that each member brings unique experiences and important expertise to our police department. It does not mean everyone’s opinion has to be the same, but as individual members of this police department we share a common purpose that allows us to share a sense of fellowship and devotion and to work together. Unity is not the same as uniformity.
Everyone has unique talents and personalities and it through the appreciation of these differences that help us reach our mission. We are committed to creating an environment that fosters open and honest communication that is a core way of working; which identifies common goals and a genuine concern and support for each other. We understand the best solutions come from working together and at times it will mean that the mission of this organization and the overall accomplishment of our goals will require setting aside personal views and desires. We believe teamwork leverages our individual strengths and a team that cooperates well is also effective. We expect everyone to actively participate and we are willing to share what resources we have.
- We are dedicated to the reduction of crime and improving the quality of life in our community; we will work in partnership with our community to solve problems that affect public safety;
- We protect the public through aggressive enforcement and intervention activities;
- We are responsive to community needs and interests; compassionate and sensitive when dealing with citizens, regardless of their circumstances;
- We are professionals dedicated to quality and excellence; demonstrating integrity and honor in all of our actions and taking responsibility and ownership for the standards established by the mission, oath of office, code of ethics, and department policies and directives. We recognize that the authority and responsibility we carry is placed with us by the community, and it is expected that we be held accountable for our actions.