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Certification status represents a significant professional achievement. Certification acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective. The benefits of certification include: 1) Confirmation that agency practices are consistent with progressive professional standards 2) Greater operational and administrative effectiveness 3) Enhanced understanding of agency policies and practices 4) Greater public confidence in the agency 5) Recognition in the field of outstanding achievement 6) Reduced liability potential 7) Greater governmental and community support.
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Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies The on-site assessment, conducted by a team of trained assessors verifies the agency’s compliance with standards by checking its proofs and interviewing operations and management personnel. The assessors also conduct a public hearing to elicit citizens’ comments. The lead assessor writes a detailed report of the team’s finding, which is forwarded through staff to the Board of Commissioners. During hearings conducted at its three annual meetings, the Commission evaluates assessment reports, receives testimony, and either awards or defers accreditation. Upon achieving accreditation the agency must be re-accredited every three years in order to maintain its status.
Benefits of Accreditation: 1) Controlled Liability Insurance Costs; 2) Stronger defense against lawsuits and citizen complaints; 3) Greater accountability within the agency; 4) Support from government officials; 5) Increased community advocacy Recognition for excellence.