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Hawthorne Police Department Core Values

The Hawthorne Police Department Mission Statement

We the employees of the Hawthorne Police Department are here to serve all people within our jurisdiction with respect, fairness and sensitivity. Our commitment is to the prevention of crime and to the protection of life and property; the preservation of peace, order and safety; the enforcement of laws and ordinances; and to the safeguarding of constitutional guarantees. With community policing as our foundation, we are driven by goals to enhance the quality of life, conduct thorough investigations, seek solutions and foster security for citizens in our community. We nurture public trust by holding ourselves to the highest standards of performance and ethics.

To fulfill our mission, the Hawthorne Police Department is dedicated to providing its employees with quality training and leadership.


The Hawthorne Police Department will be guided by our core values in pursuit of our mission.  Our core values are:

HONORABLE - We guarantee to uphold the principles and values embodied in the constitutions of the United States and the State of New Jersey.

ACTION - We believe in creating action-driven solutions to address the issues relating to crimes, traffic enforcement, and the quality of life for our community.

WHOLE HEARTED - We understand and recognize the importance of responding with sensitivity, and sincerity to those in need of our services.

TRUST - We have committed ourselves to elevated standards of trust, responsibility and discipline while promoting justice in a fair and impartial manner.  We are dedicated to ourselves, our department, and to the community and citizens that we serve.

HELPFUL - We provide service in a courteous, efficient, and accessible manner.  We foster community and employee involvement through problem-solving partnerships.  We believe in a partnership of support between the police and the community that we serve.  We will continue to strengthen that support by developing new outreach programs and expand existing ones.

ORGANIZED – We pride ourselves on organized, structured responses to community issues that affect the lives of our residents, and visitors to the Borough of Hawthorne.

RESPECT - We are proud of the reputation our department has built over the years and are committed to continuing this through diligence and hard work.

NOBLE - We will treat all persons in a dignified and courteous manner, and exhibit understanding of ethnic and cultural diversity, in both our professional and personal endeavors.  We will continue to build trust with our community and within our department through honesty and integrity in our decision-making

EXCELLENCE - We are proud of our profession and will ensure that our members are dedicated, highly trained and capable of handling the daily demands of the law enforcement profession.  We promote a collaborative environment for sharing information, resources, assistance and expertise.