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Office of Public Safety

Mission and Core Values

Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Public Safety is to maintain a safe and peaceful environment for all students, faculty, staff, and guests, and to ensure the security of Carthage College property.

We will:

  • Provide equitable and responsive security services to Carthage College.
  • Provide quality services through courtesy, guidance and assistance in dealing with students, faculty, staff and visitors to Carthage College.
  • Enforce applicable laws consistent with the Constitution, Wis. State Statues, The Carthage College Community Code, along with all Carthage College Policies, Procedures and Directives under our scope of care.
  • Develop and maintain cooperative relationships with All law enforcement agencies within Kenosha County.
  • Research, develop and design security and crime prevention programs to reduce the opportunity for crime and disruptive behavior at Carthage College.
  • Be held accountable to high ethical standards to foster trust and confidence in the Office of Public Safety and Carthage College as a whole.
  • Continue building a professional and progressive organization through training and development of Office of Public Safety personnel.

Core Values

The Office of Public Safety, like all other security and public safety agencies, has an extensive compilation of policies, rules and standard operating procedures that are intended to guide officers in their exercise of discretion and inform their daily decision-making. In addition to the written directive system, the Office of Public Safety is driven by an internal set of values that are fundamentally important to an officer’s personal sense of duty, both to the Carthage community and to each other.


Everyone will be treated the same way, and established rules must be enforced impartially. Internally, fairness means that all employees must be held to the same standards, and that no deviation will be made because of personality, friendship, or similar factors. Externally, fairness means the same thing. Criminal laws, ordinances as well as the Carthage Community Code establish the limits of acceptable behavior, and these must be enforced as impartially as possible, without favor or personal bias. As guardians of the law, Officers have an extraordinary obligation to adhere to the law, and no deviation from that standard will be tolerated.


Truthfulness is interpreted in the broadest sense. It is more than avoiding outright lies. Rather, it is an implied spirit of openness that requires even unintended misperceptions to be corrected when discovered rather than allowing them to persist. Truthfulness means that all employees, from the very top of the organization to the bottom, admit mistakes when they are made, and take responsibility for their decisions even when it is not in their own best interest to do so.


Security and Public Safety careers are much more than “just a job.” Carthage College officers willingly and unwaveringly adhere to the high standards that their vocation imposes upon them, and are committed to doing their very best at all times, under all circumstances. This commitment of excellence is the cornerstone of the office’s service model.


Security is simultaneously the most rewarding and the most difficult of jobs. Officers are both expected and required to remain composed and evenhanded in the most difficult of circumstances. TREATING ALL PERSONS WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT. This statement represents the true nature of Security at its best. Bias must be avoided in all its manifestations, both internally and externally, so that dignified and respectable treatment of all people can be assured.


Generally speaking, individuals do not seek a career in security because it is lucrative or exciting, but rather, because of a sincere desire to help others in times of need. It is important not only to serve the community, but also to remain free of any conflicts of interest that might tarnish the Department’s reputation or standing.


Integrity is defined as having a steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code. At the Office of Public Safety, it is defined as “doing the right thing when no one is looking.” The nature of security is such that most of the Officer’s work is done out of sight of their supervisors. Officers take pride in knowing that they can be relied on to conduct themselves in a way that reflects favorably on the Office of Public Safety and on the security profession itself.