It is the mission of the South Dakota Highway Patrol to serve the citizens of South Dakota with pride and distinction. We will safeguard lives and property. We will protect the innocent from deception, protect the weak against oppression, and protect the peaceful from violence and disorder. We will respect the Constitutional rights of all men and women. We will endeavor to uphold the principles of liberty, equality, and justice.
The men and women of the South Dakota Highway Patrol will promote traffic safety, enforce existing statutes, recognize and eliminate traffic hazards, and encourage motorists to practice safe driving techniques. We will effectively investigate crime and reduce criminal activity. The Highway Patrol will provide investigative assistance and support services to all law enforcement agencies.
We will maintain and provide accurate and timely information to the citizens we serve. Troopers will strive for excellence in the performance of their duties and be vigilant to increase their knowledge of law enforcement procedures. We will provide prompt and competent emergency service when called to duty. We will demonstrate bravery when faced with danger. We will not abuse our oath, our badge, our honor.
The men and women of the South Dakota Highway Patrol will promote highway safety throughout the State of South Dakota by education, by fair law enforcement, and by example.