CHIEF OF POLICE
Welcome to the Andover Township Police Department website. The site has been redesigned with the goal of providing a more informative and useful resource. Our Department is proud to serve a dynamic and progressive community while delivering the highest level of service. The Department provides police services to a resident population of approximately 6,300 with a coverage area of 21 square miles. The Andover Township Police Department has 12 full-time officers and one Administrative Assistant. Additionally, the Department oversees the Andover Township 911 Center which has 4 full-time 911 dispatchers and 8 part-time 911 dispatchers.
The men and women of the Department are dedicated professionals who are committed to serving the community while striving to further enhance public safety through a proactive approach to problem solving and a shared responsibility with the public. We strive to provide quality services performed with integrity and respect for all who have interaction with our employees. The Andover Township Police Department is committed to building and maintaining a positive relationship by providing the most accountable, transparent and successful law enforcement agency. We intend to be accessible and visible to our community and in turn, we challenge the community to help create an environment where we are united toward a goal of public safety and increased community involvement.
As your Police Chief, my personal goal and commitment to you is to continually work to see the Andover Township Police Department and 911 Center maintain the highest professional standards and to do our absolute best to provide all of residents and stakeholders a safe community to live, work, raise a family or own a business. I encourage you to explore our website and see the efforts of our sworn officers and civilian employees as they demonstrate their dedication to their profession. We appreciate the support of our community and look forward to continuing to “Protect & Serve”.
Chief Eric C. Danielson
The Police Department, in serving the people of Andover Township, strives to reduce crime and provide a safe community by:
Recognizing that its goal is to help people and provide assistance at every opportunity;
Providing preventive, investigative, and enforcement services;
Increasing citizen satisfaction with public safety and obtaining community cooperation through the Department's training, skills, and efforts; and
Realizing that the Police Department alone cannot control crime, but must act in concert with the community and the rest of our Law Enforcement partners.
In achieving this mission, the officers of the Andover Township Police Department will conduct themselves in an ethical manner. They will:
Respect and protect the rights of citizens as determined by the law;
Treat citizens and their fellow employees courteously and with the same amount of dignity with which they expect to be treated themselves;
Be examples of honesty and integrity in their professional and personal lives, thereby earning the public trust;
Perform their duties with the knowledge that protection of the lives and property of all citizens is their primary duty; and
Comply with the Code of Ethics.
CODE OF ETHICS
Law enforcement is an honorable calling. Service in this field demands a professional rather than an occupational philosophy. Personal honor, a desire for professional status, and devotion to service above self are the motives which impel a police officer to discharge his responsibility in full measure.
A police officer’s life is one of self-sacrificing service to a high ideal, based upon his recognition of the responsibilities entrusted to him and the belief that law enforcement is an honorable vocation. The officer fully accepts his responsibilities to defend the right, to protect the weak, to aid the distressed, and to uphold the law in public and private living. The officer accepts the obligation to report facts and to testify without bias or display of emotion, and to consider all information coming to his knowledge by virtue of his position, as a sacred trust, to be used for official purposes only. The officer gives his/her loyal and faithful attention to the identification and apprehension of criminals, being equally alert to protect the innocent and prosecute the guilty. The officer performs the functions of his/her office without fear, favor, or prejudice and does not engage in unlawful or improper practices.
The officer does not disclose to unauthorized persons any information concerning pending matters which might be prejudicial to the interests of the State, the Township, or the Department.
The officer does not seek to benefit personally by any confidential information which has come to him/her by virtue of assignment. The officer is respectful and courteous to all citizens. The officer is faithful and loyal to the organization, constantly striving to cooperate with and to promote better relations with all regularly constituted law enforcement agencies and their representatives in matters of mutual interest and obligation.
Rigid adherence to the principles set out above is mandatory for anyone accepting a position in this Police Department. Acceptance of these principles should not be perfunctory; they should be weighed carefully. Citizens are quick to criticize any misconduct of members of the Department; the community places a trust in police officers and expects them to so conduct themselves as to merit this trust. Members should be proud to hold a position that demands so much.
There must be a moral philosophy and strong appreciation of the need for service in any profession. Unwavering adherence to such a moral philosophy will earn for police officers the respect and support of the public which they serve.
Thank you again for visiting our webpage.
Chief Eric Danielson