Law Enfocemenet Accreditation
Law Enforcement Accreditation
Law enforcement accreditation is accepted means of maintaining the highest
Standards of professionalism and delivery of law enforcement services. The
process entails application, self-Assessment, and demonstration of compliance
with more than 260 standards. Law enforcement executives that choose to have
their agency accredited under this voluntary program will have examined all aspects of their operation.? Accreditation has long been recognized as a benchmark in many professions, and law enforcement accreditation provides participating agencies with a framework on which to build a solid written directive system based on sound management practices? (qtd. Citrus County Sheriff). They will have made conscience decisions about policies and procedures that fit the law enforcement requirements of their jurisdictions and will have implemented those policies and trained their employees in their use.
Accreditation does not reflect that one law enforcement agency provides better law enforcement services to its community than that of a non-accredited agency. What it does reflect is that the accredited agency was carefully measured against an established set of standards and has met or exceeded accepted practices in the field of law enforcement.
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