Department Mission Statement To support and defend the U.S. Constitution, protect and safeguard all life, and ensure the equal protection of rights for all as we work to reduce both crime and fear of crime.
The Athens-Clarke County Police Department has adopted community-oriented policing, the SARA model of problem-solving, and problem-orienting policing approaches as our key management tools and operational philosophies. Community-oriented policing is law enforcement's mirroring of changes ongoing throughout the country. Community-oriented policing embodies law enforcement's response to the growing concern of citizens that government play a more responsive role in addressing the quality of life issues affecting our communities.
Community-oriented policing is a management and operational philosophy of full-service, personalized policing where the same officer patrols and works in the same area on a permanent basis, from a decentralized place, working in a proactive partnership with citizens to identify and solve problems.