Department Philosophy

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Mission Statement

The South Gate Police Department is "Proudly dedicated to the highest level of police service, improving quality of life and providing a safe community."

Value Statement

We meet the challenge of providing honest, ethical, and professional police service by basing our thoughts and actions on the following shared values.

Service to Our Community

We are committed to providing service in a manner which is courteous, responsive, and efficient. We require a high standard of performance and commitment to excellence from all employees in order to provide the highest level of service to the community.


We place a high value on the reputation of our department and the law enforcement profession; therefore, we are committed to uphold our position of trust by maintaining the highest level of honesty and ethical behavior.


We hold ourselves accountable for our actions so as to maintain the trust of the public. We value a clear sense of commitment on the part of each member of the department. This commitment will be encouraged within an environment of teamwork, innovation, and constant evaluation.

Innovation & Creativity

We promote suggestions from all levels of the department recognizing those who contribute to the development of more effective ways to provide police service.

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