Public Safety

Message From the Department of Public Safety

Welcome to the Bay City Department of Public Safety webpage. The Bay City DPS was created in 2013 and is a fully consolidated Department of Public Safety providing 24-hour law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical service. The sworn, civilian, and volunteer staff of the Bay City DPS is committed to excellence and we are dedicated to providing the best possible public safety services to citizens of Bay City and all the people visiting our community.

We hope you find our webpage useful and informative. If you have any suggestions to improve our webpage, or our service to the community, feel free to contact us.

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Mission Statement

To provide the highest quality public safety services for the community in a professional and caring manner.

Vision Statement

Excellence in Public Safety.

Core Values



Integrity is our standard.  We are proud of our profession and will conduct ourselves in a manner that merits the respect of all people.  We will demonstrate honest, ethical behavior in all our interactions.   Our actions will match our words.   The Bay City Department of Public Safety has a proud tradition of integrity in both the law enforcement and fire services.  Upholding this tradition is a challenge we must all continue to meet.




Service is our purpose.  We are dedicated to enhancing public safety and meeting the community’s needs while working together to build and maintain channels of communication between the community and ourselves.  We do this by being personally involved in our community, fostering a team effort among ourselves and those we serve, and working cooperatively together to identify and resolve problems within the community.




Courage is our promise.  We recognize the hazards inherent in public safety and we are willing to place the safety of others above that of ourselves.  We shall not hesitate to step forward and protect those who cannot protect themselves.  We must have the courage to stand up for our beliefs and do the right thing even when no one is looking.  We must also have the courage to admit when we are wrong and the courage to learn and grow. 




Respect is our requirement.  We demonstrate respect to each other and the public by treating people fairly and safeguarding their rights; communicating in a dignified manner; showing courtesy and civility; and demonstrating interest, concern, compassion, and consideration for others.




Professionalism is our identity.  We understand that law enforcement and the fire service are professions deserving of admiration from those that wear the badge and the community they serve.  To preserve this support, we must treat the public and our colleagues with courtesy and respect.  We understand that our appearance, words, demeanor, and actions contribute to the public’s confidence in us.  We will conduct ourselves in a professional manner, be responsive to the community, and deliver services promptly and efficiently.   




Diversity is our strength.  We recognize that diversity, the differences between people, exists as a driving force in our interactions with people in our community.  We know that our authority, and ultimately our existence, is predicated upon the people in our community.  We are committed to the appreciation and reflection of that diversity and incorporate its realties into our day-to-day operations.  We are dedicated to the belief that there is an intrinsic worth in all people, an irreducible quality whose protection and benefit are the basis for public safety services.  A promise to honor the rights and provide for the needs of all people equally is our expression of this recognition.