Mission Statement

We the members of the Bristol Police Department, in cooperation with the people of Bristol and in partnership with other public and private agencies, assume a leadership role through a problem-solving approach, as we work together to make Bristol truly New England's outstanding "community by the sea," to:
  • Prevent crime and disorder;
  • Reducing citizen fear of crime;
  • Providing for the safe and efficient flow of traffic;
  • Providing a variety of noncriminal activities;
  • Improving the quality of life.


The Bristol Police Department is committed to fulfilling its mission by upholding the following values:
  • Integrity: We will adhere to the highest ethical standards and accept responsibility for our decisions and actions.
  • Respect: We will treat all employees, offenders, and the public with fairness, honesty, consideration, and respect while recognizing individual diversity.
  • Professionalism: We will be firm, fair, and consistent in the performance of our duties and responsibilities. As positive role models, we will take pride in maintaining the quality of our services through our performance, appearance, and continued education and training. We will instill trust and teamwork by providing support to fellow employees and promoting cooperation and effective communication.
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