Welcome to the St. George Police Department web site. I hope you find the information contained in our web site helpful. St. George is located in the southwest corner of Utah with I-15 running through our city. St.George borders Arizona on the south with the City of St.George spread out over approximately 75 square miles. St.George enjoys mild, low humidity winters with over 300 sunny days per year. The desert climate, with an elevation of 2,760 feet, promotes year round recreation and leisure activities.
St. George, the Washington County Seat, is also the county's largest city with over 80,000 residents. Washington County's population is approximately 150,000 residents and growing.
We believe that because crime and public safety are community problems, the community and the police must work together to solve them. Citizens, the police department, other agencies and city government are all equally responsible to carry out this mission. Each must be willing to work together, to become involved, and to cooperate with each other to help make our city more enjoyable and safer for all.
The St. George Police Department is committed to providing quality services to our diverse community in ways that are helpful, caring and responsive. We believe the success of our organization depends on integrity in everything we do, pride in our work, dedication to our citizens, and in being the best we can be!
The St. George Police Department is an outstanding police department because of the dedicated men and women of this department who are committed to maintaining the quality of life that we enjoy in St. George.
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Chief of Police
It is the mission of the St. George Police Department to work with the citizens of our community to preserve life, maintain human rights, protect property, and promote individual responsibility and community commitment.
Crime and public safety are community problems. Therefore, citizens and the law enforcement community must work together to solve them. Community policing philosophy based on a partnership between the police and the community whereby, together, neighborhood problems are solved and the quality of life is enhanced.
The dominant values of the St. George Police Department are a commitment to employees and a commitment to quality services. As a department and as individuals, we believe in respect for the human dignity of our employees. We mandate that supervisors and peers treat each other fairly, honestly and equally. Through our commitment to quality service, we will meet the public safety needs of the community, recognizing the values of fairness, equality, and the respect for human dignity.
Code of Ethics
As a law enforcement officer, my fundamental duty is to serve the community; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the rights of all to liberty, equality and justice.
I will keep my private life unsullied as an example to all and will behave in a manner that does not bring discredit to me or my agency. I will maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule; develop self-restraint and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed both in my personal and official life, I will be exemplary in obeying the law and regulations of my department/ Whatever I see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to me in my official capacity will be kept ever secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of my duty.
I will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, political beliefs, aspirations, animosities or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals, I will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice or ill will, never employ unnecessary force or violence and never accept gratuities.
I recognize the badge of my office as a symbol of public faith, and I accept it as a public trust to be held so long as I am true to the ethics of police service. I will never engage in acts of corruption or bribery, nor will I condone such acts by other police officers. I will cooperate with all legally authorized agencies and their representatives in the pursuit of justice.
I know that I alone am responsible for my own standard of professional performance and will take every reasonable opportunity to enhance and improve my level of knowledge and competence.
I will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession...law enforcement.
The St. George Police Department is committed to:
Integrity in everything we do.
Loyalty to our community, to this organization, and each team member.
Innovation in meeting the present and future needs of the city.
Responsibility as a team for the efficient and effective delivery of services.
Pride in our work, in our dedication to public services, and in being the best we can be.
Chief Marlon Stratton has served as a Police Officer for the City of St. George for over twenty nine years. He started out as a Patrol Officer and also served on a special response team as the departments first Hostage Negotiator. Stratton served as a department field training officer, and he served as an instructor in officer safety, high risk stops, and suicide intervention.
Stratton was promoted to patrol sergeant in 1992 and then lieutenant in 1997 where he served as the Patrol Division Commander. In his position as Lieutenant, he supervised the department’s patrol officers, the Hostage Negotiations Team, the Bicycle Squad, the Accident Investigation Team, and the Traffic Division which includes the Motor Squad.
Chief Stratton was appointed Chief of Police for the City of St. George in December 2000.
Chief Stratton leads a department of 105 police officers, 45 civilian police employees and 35 volunteers. He sits on several boards and councils including: Utah Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Council, the Washington County Children’s Justice Center Advisory Board, the Southern Utah Victims Rights Committee, the Dixie State University Satellite Police Academy Board, the Executive board of the St. George area Fraudulent Identification Security Threats unit, and the Executive Board of Washington County Area Drug Task Force.
Chief Stratton was born in St. George and raised in Southern Utah. He is happily married to his wife of 30 years, Diann Stratton and he has a daughter, two sons, and three grandchildren. Chief Stratton believes strongly in working together to maintain the incredible quality of life that we enjoy in St. George.