When Police Officer Pete Renteria attended a training in 2022, he was inspired to take a closer look at the Police Department mission statement, to better resonate with officers and reflect the culture of policing in Mendota Heights.
Renteria worked with the entire Department to find the right words. At the March 21 meeting, the City Council was presented with the new Police Department mission statement: The Mendota Heights Police Department is dedicated to professional service with integrity and fairness to all.
“To us this means we are proud and devoted to serving the community and expect one another to be professional, not only in how we present ourselves but how we treat people, to serve with high morals and good ethics,” said Renteria. “It does not matter what race, ethnicity, age, sex, class or that you live in Mendota Heights, Lilydale or Mendota, if you interact with a MHPD officer you can expect to be treated fairly.”