Police Department

Police Department

Animal Control | Property Protection | Department Staff

Chief Jim Gray was appointed to lead the city's force of 26 full-time officers engaged in various aspects of police work on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. Officers are dispatched through the county-wide E-911 system in the Marion County Communications Center. The Police Department protects over seven square miles and more than 7,000 residents. Additionally, a police substation is on Main Street in the downtown business district and serves as a headquarters for the city-wide Fox Watch Crime Watch program.

Mission Statement

Officers shall preseve the peace, protect life and property, prevent crime, apprehend criminals, recover lost or stolen property, and eforce in a fair and impartial manner all federal, state, and city laws.

Officers shall serve the public by direction, counsel, and in other ways that do not interfere with discharge of their law enforcement responsibilities. Officers shall respect and protect the rights of individuals and perform their service with honesty, zeal, courage, fidelity, and sound judgement.

Officers, in accomplishing their mission, shall recognize that the power of the Police Department to fufill their existence lies in their ability to secure and maintain public respect. To secure and maintain the respect and approval of the public also means obtaining the willing cooperation of the public in the task of observing the laws. The extent to which the cooperation of the public can be secured diminishes proportionately to the use of physical force in achieving Law Enforcement objectives. The test of Law Enforcement efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder.