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Our Pledge

Honesty - Penn State Greater Allegheny Officers are, first and foremost, honest and truthful.  We do not cheat, steal, lie, deceive, or act deviously.  We avoid unnecessary secrecy or the concealment of information.  Our credibility with the public comes from always being truthful.

Integrity - Penn State Greater Allegheny Officers possess the highest degree of integrity.  We are principled, honorable, and morally sound.  We are courageous and act upon our convictions.  We will fight for our beliefs and will not adopt an “end-justifies the-means” philosophy that ignores principle.  We will not be expedient at the expense of principle or be two-faced, or unscrupulous. 

Fidelity  - Penn State Greater Allegheny Officers demonstrate fidelity and loyalty to our department, Penn State Greater Allegheny, our profession, and our fellow employees.  Devotion to duty is paramount in our lives.  We do not use or disclose information learned in confidence for personal or political advantage.  We safeguard the ability to make independent professional judgments by scrupulously avoiding improper influences and conflicts of interest. 

Fairness - Penn State Greater Allegheny Officers are committed to justice, equal treatment of individuals, tolerance for and acceptance of diversity and open-mindedness.  We are willing to admit when we are wrong and take appropriate actions to change our positions and beliefs. 

Caring – Penn State Greater Allegheny Officers show concern for the well-being of others.  This caring manifests itself in compassion, giving, kindness and service.  Caring requires us to make every legal attempt to help those in need and avoid harming others.  

Respect - Penn State Greater Allegheny Officers respect human dignity, privacy, and the right to self-determination.  We are courteous and decent.  We provide others with the information they need to make informed decisions about their own lives. 

Excellence - Penn State Greater Allegheny Officers are committed to quality work and the pursuit of excellence.  We are diligent, reliable, and industrious.  We endeavor to be the role models of responsibility and trustworthiness for the members of the Penn State Greater Allegheny Community through our words and actions.  We strive to be well informed and are prepared to exercise public authority. 

Citizenship – Penn State Greater Allegheny Officers believe in democracy.  Responsible citizenship is seen as an ethical obligation; it involves abiding by laws and rules of society, participating in democratic processes, being socially conscious, and engaging in public service.  We have the additional responsibility to encourage the participation of others and a special obligation to respect and honor the democratic process of decision-making. 

Accountability – Penn State Greater Allegheny Officers accept responsibility for their decisions and for the foreseeable consequences of our actions and inaction, as well as setting an example for others.  In addition, we take whatever legal and ethical actions are necessary to correct or prevent inappropriate conduct of others. 

Public Trust - Penn State Greater Allegheny Officers represent our chosen profession and Penn State Greater Allegheny 24-hours a day through our careers with Penn State.  Because of the unique importance of credibility and public trust, officers must be beyond reproach, and avoid even the appearance of impropriety.   

Hard Work – Penn State Greater Allegheny Officers adhere to a strong work ethic.  We believe our employer is entitled to a full measure of our time and talents when on the job.