Mission Statement
The citizens of Penobscot County thrive to live in a county free of crime, and those incarcerated receive programming dedicated to reducing recidivism.  Through Integrity, Respect, Professionalism and Leadership the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office will engage public support through education and awareness. With an empowered staff and public commitment, we will reduce the criminal victimization of our communities, while operating a safe and humane correctional facility.

Core Values
Integrity is the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. It is generally a personal choice to hold oneself to consistent moral and ethical standards. 

In ethics, integrity is regarded by many people as the honesty and truthfulness or accuracy of one's actions. Integrity can stand in opposition to hypocrisy, in that judging with the standards of integrity involves regarding internal consistency as a virtue, and suggests that parties holding within themselves apparently conflicting values should account for the discrepancy or alter their beliefs.

Respect is a feeling of admiration or deference toward a person, child, non-human animal, group, ideal, or indeed almost any entity or concept, as well as specific actions and conduct representative of that esteem. Respect can be a specific feeling of regard for the actual qualities of the one respected (e.g., "I have great respect for her judgment"). It can also be conduct in accord with a specific ethic of respect.

Respect can be given and/or received and/or lost. Depending on an individual's cultural reference frame, respect can be something that is earned. Respect is often thought of as earned or built over time. Often, continued caring interactions are required to maintain or increase feelings of respect among individuals.

Professionalism is often defined as the strict adherence to courtesy, honesty and responsibility when dealing with individuals. This trait often includes a high level of excellence going above and beyond   basic   requirements.   Work   ethic   is   usually   concerned   with   the   personal values demonstrated by Law Enforcement Officers. The good work ethic may include completing tasks in a timely manner with the highest quality possible and taking pride in completed tasks.

Leadership is the ability of an individual or a group of individuals to influence and guide followers or other members of an organization.

Leadership involves making sound (and sometimes difficult) decisions, creating and articulating a clear vision, establishing achievable goals and providing followers with the knowledge and tools necessary to achieve these goals. Good leaders often possess the following characteristics: self-confidence, strong communication and management skills, creative and innovative thinking, perseverance in the face of failure, willingness to take risks, openness to change and levelheadedness and reactiveness in times of crisis.