The Colonial Regional Police Department was formed in 1995 by joint agreement of the municipalities of Bath Borough, Hanover Township, and Lower Nazareth Township, all of Northampton County, Pennsylvania. The intent of these progressive government leaders in consolidating the personnel and fiscal resources of these founding municipalities was to provide the citizens of this jurisdiction with a police department responsive to the safety programs that assist the citizens, and progressive in crime prevention and traffic safety programs that assist the citizens to maintain a safer, healthier, and more wholesome environment to live in, raise their families, and enjoy a good quality of life. In order to achieve this level of service, the dedicated personnel of our Department must be persistent in our efforts and perform our duties to the best of our ability and with high esteem for the Department. Some elements of that dedication, pride and spirit are recognized though professional mannerisms, expeditious responsiveness, outstanding investigations, and fair and equitable enforcement of the various laws and ordinances we have sworn to uphold. No matter what function we perform for the Department, whether it be patrol, criminal investigations, administration, or a combination of all of those tasks, we are bound together by our desire to mutually provide the citizens of our jurisdiction the best possible service. We can be proud of the excellent service we have provided in the past and our goal shall always be a tradition of excellence.
INTERACTION WITH PEOPLE
The “Golden Rule” is as applicable today as it has always been. People would be treated the way we and members of our families would like to be treated. The type of treatment and interaction should not depend on the perceived “status” of the person, or any other variable that might be considered. The basic human rights of every person must never be infringed upon. During the course of our employment, we interact with many people. They may be colleagues, supervisors, subordinates, male or female, officers or civilian, victims, suspects, people of different races, ethnic backgrounds, religions, sexual orientation, or other numerous distinctions. Each person shall be treated fairly, meaning impartially and honestly, without self-interest, prejudice, or favoritism. They shall be treated equally, meaning in an identical manner as others, without bias. They shall be treated with respect, decency, and courtesy, giving them the self-esteem due to any person in any situation. It is the policy of this Department that any interaction with any person during the course of our employment fall within these guidelines.
SIGNIFICANCE OF PATROL
The Mission statements of the Colonial Regional Police Department clearly articulate the role and function of the Department. In reviewing the varied responsibilities of the Colonial Regional Police, we must always recognize the dedicated work of the patrol officers, those members of all ranks and duty assignments who serve as the foundation of the Department. Officers on patrol are the most visible element of the Department and therefore, present the most prominent image to the public. While all the officers and employees have important and necessary tools to play, officers on patrol perform a special function in that they are responsible for virtually all incidents, whether they are relatively minor or life threatening. The patrol function is also viewed as the base around which all other organizational units operate. As such, all other entities of the Department have a responsibility to assist the uniformed officers in the street. The administration of the Colonial Regional Police Department has recognized, and acknowledges the role of the patrol officer as the vital main-stay of our agency, and affirms the commitment of continuous support of this elite group.
The Police Mission will serve as a model to provide an understanding of the goals of the Colonial Regional Police Department. The Police Mission presents difficulty in developing a proper perspective. You may point to a statute and say “that represents a mission,” enforce it, but we require more than the interpretation of a stature. Goals must be comparable with public goals. Characteristics of one community do not necessarily reflect those of another. Therefore, the police mission, in its simplest form, is the maintenance of social order within carefully prescribed ethical and constitutional restrictions. The mission involves prevention of criminality, the repression of crime, the apprehension of offenders; the recovery of property; the regulation of non-criminal conduct, and the performance of miscellaneous services. The Colonial Regional Police Department exists to serve a variety of municipalities by protecting citizens’ life and property; by preventing crime, by enforcing laws; and by maintaining order for all citizens. Central to our mission are the values that guide our work and decisions, and help us contribute to the quality of life in Northampton County. Our values are the characteristics of qualities of work. THEY ARE NON-NEGOTIABLE! Although we may need to balance them, we never ignore them for the sake of expediency or personal preference. We hold our values constantly before us to teach and remind the community and us we serve, of our ideals. They are the foundation upon which our guidelines, policies, goals, and operations are founded. In fulfilling our mission, we need the support of our citizens, elected officials, and municipal staffs in order to provide the quality of services our values commit us to. We, the men and women of the Colonial Regional Police Department, value
LAWS AND CONSTITUTION
We value human life and dignity above all else. Therefore: We give first priority to situations that threaten life. We use force only when necessary. We treat all persons with courtesy, respect, and dignity We are compassionate and caring.
We believe integrity is the basis for community trust. Therefore: We are honest and truthful. We are consistent in our beliefs and actions. We hold ourselves to high standards of moral and ethical conduct. We are role models for the community. We do not accept gratuities or favors for performing out duties.
LAWS AND CONSTITUTION
We believe in principles embodied in our Constitution. We recognize the authority of Federal, State, and Local Laws. Therefore: We respect and protect the rights of all citizens, irrespective of race, sex, religion, nationality, or status. We treat all persons fairly and without favoritism. We are knowledgeable of the law. We enforce the law, using reasonable discretion.
We strive for personal and professional excellence. Therefore: We do our best. We have a vision for the future. We seek adequate resources: staffing, facilities, equipment, training, salaries, and Benefits. We recruit and hire the best people. We train and develop our employees to the highest potential. We are committed to fair and equitable personnel practices. We provide organizational mobility. We recognize and reward good performance / professionalism. We support reasonable risk-taking and are tolerant of honest mistakes. We are receptive to new ideas and change. We work toward realistic, mutually agreed upon goals. We meet nationally recognized law enforcement standards. We lead by examples.
We are accountable to each other and to the citizens we serve, who are the source of our authority. Therefore: We communicate openly and honestly among ourselves and with the community. We understand the importance of community values and expectations. We are responsive to community concerns. We acknowledge our mistakes and are open to constructive criticism. We manage our resources effectively. We thoroughly investigate complaints against our employees.
We believe that cooperation and teamwork will enable us to combine our diverse backgrounds, skills and styles to achieve common goals. Therefore: We work as a team. We understand our role in achieving regional and municipal goals and objectives. We share our responsibility to serve the citizens of our jurisdiction with many other agencies and organizations. We strive to understand those who disagree with us. We seek the help and cooperation of others. We seek to resolve conflict. We rely on community support and involvement.
We are most effective when we help identify and solve community problems. Therefore: We work to anticipate and prevent problems. We give a high priority to preventing crime and helping citizens feel safe. We actively seek opinions and ideas from others. We plan, analyze, and evaluate. We recognize that crime is a community problem. We listen to problems and complaints with empathy and sensitivity. We seek innovative solutions.
We are capable, caring people who are doing important and satisfying work for the citizens of our jurisdiction. Therefore: We respect, care about, trust and support each other. We enjoy our work and take pride in our accomplishments. We are disciplined and reliable. We keep our perspective and sense of humor. We balance our professional and personal lives. We consult the people who will be affected by our decisions. We have a positive, “can do” attitude. We cultivate our best characteristics: initiative, enthusiasm, creativity, patience, confidence, and judgement. We do nothing to discredit or dishonor ourselves or the Colonial Regional Police Department. All human beings are frail and prone to misjudgments. In police work this can, at times, be damaging to our reputations or fatal. We cannot anticipate all situations or account for all the variables that are attendant to most instances involving the police function, but we can offer a standard. In order to work toward the accomplishment of these goals, effective organizations have work rules which are usually expressed in written form; these rules, regulations, manuals, and orders are not an end unto themselves; they are the will of a community, expressed collectively through government, refined and interpreted by public administrators into systemized procedures which are designed to assist you in the professional performance of your tasks. It is essential, in police work, to abide by expressed policy; it is obligatory to operate within constitutional constraints and in conformity with state and local laws. The following guidelines are designed with those ends in mind and also to crystallize broad policy into workable components at the operational level. Therefore, by the authority vested in me by the COLONIAL REGIONAL POLICE COMMISSION, this REGULATIONS MANUAL is promulgated as a ready-reference to be used in applicable situations.
The members of the COLONIAL REGIONAL POLICE COMMISSION are the Chief Executives of the Department; therefore by law they exercise control over the Police Department. Generally, all orders, directives, inquiries, reports, hearings, and policy information will be transacted through the Chief of Police. However, the Commission Members have the authority to assume control and direct the official actions of the members of the Department when acting in their official capacity. In addition, the Commission Members, when acting, may require manual accountability from individual members of the Department. However, communications to the Board shall be through the “Chain of Command” and as stated elsewhere in this Manual. Not withstanding any of the aforesaid, nothing stated herein should be construed as to vest in any person the authority to interfere with, hamper, interpose himself, direct or control police operations, or otherwise influence police policy except as provided by law. The Department is organized under traditional administrative principles. There is a Field Service Division and Administrative Service Division. There is a Chief of Police, Lieutenant(s), Sergeants, Detectives, and Police Officers. There is an Administrative Secretary to the Chief of Police. All appointments to specialized units within the Police Department, or appointments to specialized duties, shall be made by the Chief of Police. Promotions to supervisory ranks shall be made in accordance with the regulations and procedures instituted by the COLONIAL REGIONAL POLICE COMMISSION and as regulated by law.