Mission -v- Vision What is the difference between a mission statement and a vision statement? • • A mission statement is what an organization is all about. • • A vision statement is what the organization wants to become.
Mission Statement A mission statement should answer three key questions: 1. What do we do? 2. For whom do we do it? 3. What is the benefit?
Vision Statement A mission statement explains what the organization does, for whom and the benefit. A vision statement, on the other hand, describes how the future will look if the organization achieves its mission.
Vision Statement A vision statement describes how the future will look if the organization achieves its mission. A mission statement gives the overall purpose of an organization, while a vision statement describes a picture of the "preferred future. "
Example of Mission Statement The purpose of the Police Service is to uphold the law fairly and firmly: to prevent crime; to pursue and bring to justice those who break the law; to keep the peace; to protect, help and reassure the community: and to be seen to do all this with integrity, common sense and sound judgement. We must strive to reduce the fears of the public and, so far as we can, to reflect their priorities in the action we take. We must respond to well-founded criticism with a willingness to change.
Example of Vision Statement The Police Service will be a world class agency based upon a foundation of public trust, and dedicated to keeping the public safe. The department will serve as a beacon of excellence and innovation. We are committed to excellence developed through pride, setting the standard, and earning a reputation for providing effective, caring, and courteous service. We will capitalize on our strengths as a diverse community and work force to make this vision a reality.