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Core Values

Image of the Lincoln Memorial The following are the core values held by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security:


"Service Before Self"

Each of us serves something far greater than ourselves.  To our nation, we represent the President and the Congress.  To the world, seeking to visit or do business with us, we are often the first Americans they meet.  We will faithfully execute the duties and responsibilities entrusted to us, and we will maintain the highest ethical and professional standards.


"Guarding America"

We will relentlessly identify and deter threats that pose a danger to the safety of the American people.  As a Department, we will be constantly on guard against threats, hazards, or dangers that threaten our values and our way of life.


"Honoring our Partners"

We will value highly the relationships we build with our customers, partners, and stakeholders.  We will honor concepts such as liberty and democracy, for which America stands.

With honor and integrity,
we will safeguard the American people,
our homeland, and our values.

Last Updated: 11/03/2021
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