The mission to "Serve and Protect" requires going beyond the fundamental obligations of maintaining order and enforcing the laws. It requires a dedication to preserving a special way of life. It requires providing an environment in which people feel safe to work and live. It requires protecting the youth from drugs and delinquency so that they are better able to assume their role as citizens. It requires providing a community which is free from organized crime and vice. The Manteo Police Department cannot accomplish this broad mission alone.