• Behind the Badge

Badge
  • "The purpose of life... is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, and to have it make some difference that you have lived." - Ralph Waldo Emerson 

     

    We believe that each and every day we report for duty represents an opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of our students.

     

    For years, Alvin ISD Police Officers wore a badge of generic design.  Our officers wanted a badge unique to our Department and symbolic of our mission and values. In 2015, a committee was empaneled and a unique and bold design was proposed and approved.   

     

    Sir Robert Peel is known as the “Father of Modern Policing.”  He espoused several policing principles, which are as relevant today as they were when he introduced them in 1829, including the following:

     

    The police, “seek and preserve public favour, not by pandering to public opinion; but by constantly demonstrating absolutely impartial service to law, in complete independence of policy, and without regard to the justice or injustice of the substance of individual laws, by ready offering of individual service and friendship to all members of the public without regard to their wealth or social standing, by ready exercise of courtesy and friendly good humour; and by ready offering of individual sacrifice in protecting and preserving life.[1]

     

    Further,

     

    “In Plato’s vision of a perfect society — in a republic that honors the core of democracy — the greatest amount of power is given to those called the Guardians. Only those with the most impeccable character are chosen to bear the responsibility of protecting the democracy.”[2]

     

    The men and women of the Alvin Independent School District Police Department embrace these principles and demonstrate them every day. Positive police-citizen interactions inspire public trust. The guardian demonstrates empathy, listens to citizen concerns and responds with respect and dignity. We are a service driven department, not a law enforcement driven department.

     

    We serve a cause greater than ourselves. We value the privilege to serve our community with empathy, compassion and dignity for all.  We value our badge as a symbol of public trust, a trust which we will strive to earn every day.

     

    We are committed to the highest standards of honesty and ethical conduct, which are the cornerstones of our profession. We will uphold the public trust and our commitment to our core values.

     

    We are dedicated to the district, the department, each other, our families, and the citizens we serve. We have an unquestionable work ethic and commitment to the goals and objectives of the district and the department.

     

    We recognize the authority we hold and will treat others as we would like to be treated. We will faithfully, and without bias, honor our obligations to the community. 

     

    The symbolism of the badge and its relationship to our shoulder patch is as follows:

     

    • The eagle is a symbol of courage and strength. 
    • The position of its wings around the AISD seal represents our role as guardians of our students. 
    • The eagle is looking to its right, the direction of honor, peace and the future.    
    • The students we protect represent the future of our society.
    • Hence, we are guardians of our future.

     

    [1] http://www.civitas.org.uk/research/crime/facts-comments/principles-of-good-policing/

    [2] From Warriors to Guardians: Recommitting American Police Culture to Democratic Ideals,” National Institute of Justice, Sue Rahr and Stephen K. Rice, https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/248654.pdf;  Nila, Michael and Stephen R. Covey, The Nobility of Policing, West Valley City, Utah: Franklin Covey Publishing, 2008: 7.