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Vision, Mission, Goals, and Core Values

Vision, Mission, Goals, and Core Values

MISSION - Why are we here?

The King County Sheriff’s Office is a trusted partner in fighting crime and improving the quality of life for
our residents and guests.


VISION - Where are we going?

The King County Sheriff’s Office is a highly effective and respected law enforcement agency and criminal
justice partner, both trusted and supported, helping King County to be the safest county in America.


 GOALS - How will we get there?

Through community engagement and collaboration we will:

  • Develop and sustain public trust and support while reducing crime and improving the community's sense of safety.
  • Improve traffic safety by reducing impaired and unsafe driving behaviors and traffic collisions.
  • Recruit, hire, train and promote the best people to provide high quality, professional and responsive services.
  • Provide facilities, equipment, and technology, systems and processes that support achievement of our mission.
  • Provide for the safety, health and wellness of members of the King County Sheriff's Office.


OUR VALUES - How do we do business?


• We are honest, respectful, effective and humble

• We have clear expectations

• Our managers model expectations and we lead by example from all levels


• We are open, transparent and accountable to the public we serve

• We acknowledge that public trust matters – all the time

• Good faith performance errors are addressed through training

• Bad faith, criminal behavior, abuse of authority, and repeated or egregious acts are not tolerated


• We are timely in our response and seek every opportunity to have positive impact on the people we serve.

• We are good stewards of taxpayer dollars, engage and collaborate, and strive to innovate.

• We focus on hot spot locations, high impact and repeat offenders, and visible presence when needed


• We recognize that relevant training and effective communications increase public and officer safety

• We fight crime constitutionally

• Our managers coach, mentor and develop a strong team culture