Our mission is to provide the highest quality police services to our community and to protect the rights of all guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States, the Laws of the State of Maine, and the Ordinances of the City of Ellsworth. We are dedicated to maintaining a safe community by reducing crime and fear of crime, protecting life and property. We will work in partnership with our Community to solve problems and enhance the quality of life in our City.
Statement of Values
We, the Ellsworth Police Department, have dedicated ourselves to public service. By choosing a career in law enforcement we recognize the community holds us to the highest standards of conduct. We will foster public trust through our commitment to the following values:
Our community has entrusted us with tremendous authority and expects that we will do what is right in matters of personal and professional integrity. We will adhere to the moral and ethical standards of our profession and maintain the public trust at all times. We recognize and respect all people as individuals and will hold ourselves to the highest standards and the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics.
We will strive to meet the challenge of protecting our citizens and will be responsive to the needs of our community. We recognize that to be an effective law enforcement agency, we must be flexible to the needs of our community. We will welcome and seek an active partnership with the community in carrying out our responsibilities. We will show compassion and respect to all those we deal with.
We are committed to maintaining an environment that promotes and encourages professionalism. We will promote continued professional development through quality recruitment, education and training. We take great pride in our services, equipment and our accomplishments. We will seek continuous improvement and will continue to utilize the most current techniques and best practices of our chosen profession.
As a result of the roles that Ellsworth plays in the county, the Police Department is responsible to serve the 6500-plus year round residents, summer residents and the many visitors to this area. As gateway to the Acadia National Park-Bar Harbor region, thousands of cars pass through Ellsworth every day bringing with them an extensive range of challenges on police services.
The Police Department is also challenged by the fact that Ellsworth encompasses approximately 95 square miles, making it the largest city, area-wise, in the State of Maine. Within the city limits are three major lakes, a tidal river and several other bodies of water. Living on the water, and in many cases year round, bring with it additional duties of patrolling numerous camp roads.
The urban area of Ellsworth is located in the southeast corner of the city. A considerable amount of our calls for service arise from this area, resulting in a reduced amount of patrol coverage for the rural areas.