The Mission

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Read the following “mission statement” and try to figure out what organization it represents:

“We will creatively serve and lead the community by supporting a dynamic, visionary and progressive partnership with our fellow citizens ensuring that Great Falls is a better place to live, work and play.”

Take your best guess in the comments (no Googling!). UPDATE…

UPDATE: well, you folks all guessed pretty much along the same lines that I would have…but we’d all be wrong. That mission statement actually belongs to…the Great Falls Police Department. Scratching your head yet? I am…sure, I appreciate that the PD wants to make GF a better place to live, work, and play, but shouldn’t the mission statement reflect something about HOW it aims to achieve said goal? Something like, oh…I don’t know…preventing crime, enforcing laws, and apprehending criminals?
Don’t get me wrong – I love the police – they are true heroes, willing to put their lives on the line every single day. What’s wrong, though, is that the PD seems to have got caught up in the corporate biz-speak of the 90s and developed an all-too-encompassing “mission statement” that actually says very little.
I’m sure that the police officers do their job just as well with the mission statement as they would without one, but really – if the PD is going to go to the trouble of creating a mission statement, and post it for all to see on their website, maybe it should be somehow more relevant to the actual police mission. Thoughts?



  1. I’m guessing it is from Leadership Great Falls or the group that does urban theater (I can’t think of the name to save my life)

  2. I’m guessing the city staff came up with this mission statement…sounds like John Lawton to me. Not likely they even asked the cops what their mission is.

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