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PA. CHIEFS OF POLICE ACCREDITATION
What is Accreditation?
The Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association introduced the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Program to the Commonwealth in July 2001. Since then, over 300 agencies have enrolled and 117 agencies currently have attained accredited status.
Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven way of helping institutions evaluate and improve their overall performance. The cornerstone of this strategy lies in the promulgation of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives. Participating administrators then conduct a thorough analysis to determine how existing operations can be adapted to meet these objectives. When the procedures are in place, a team of independent professionals is assigned to verify that all applicable standards have been successfully implemented. The process culminates with a decision by an authoritative body that the institution is worthy of accreditation.
The Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Program was designed and developed by professional law enforcement executives to provide a reasonable and cost effective plan for the professionalization of law enforcement agencies within the Commonwealth. The underlying philosophy of the program is to have a user-friendly undertaking for the departments that will result in a “success” oriented outcome.
Your law enforcement peers want the program to be consistent and achievable for all types and sizes of law enforcement agencies within Pennsylvania. That perspective has been used in the development of the program and in its implementation. Whether your agency has 10 personnel, 100 members, or a cadre of thousands, you and your department can successfully undertake and complete the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Program of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association.
Of course there will be complex work involved, but that is true of any professional project that is worth accomplishing. However, the Commission Members, the accreditation staff, and the accreditation coalition support groups in various parts of the state are in place to assist you and your personnel with the process leading to accredited status and Commission recognition and certification.
Finally decided to take you attorney's advice and hire an experienced ACCREDITATION MANAGER to assist you in developing policies and procedures to prevent costly litigation? You can send one of your officers to the Pennsylvania Chiefs Of Police training seminar (held once per year), or you can hire us to begin immediately putting you on the right path, your choice!
Benefits of Accreditation
Establishes a credible framework for evaluating agency practices and
procedures, and exposure to lawsuits.
It is the goal of the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Program to be affordable, Pennsylvania-specific, and user-friendly. We will continue to endeavor to accomplish those purposes for the law enforcement agencies of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania..
Decreases some liability insurance expenditures
Improves law enforcement – community relations
Increases employee input, interaction and confidence in the agency
Enlarges the outlook and viewpoints of managers, officers and employees
Identifies and highlights the capabilities and competence of the agency
Furnishes a solid foundation for the agency to build upon for further progress
Provides reliable methods to improve essential management procedures
Extends agency accountability to the public and elected officials
Enhances planning and innovative activities by all agency personnel
Develops improved methods for providing services to the community
Encourages problem-solving activities within the agency.
PCPA MODEL POLICY MANUAL
Model Policy Manual for law enforcement agencies. The Manual contains more than 35 policies designed to aid in the effective management of today's law enforcement agency. Areas covered include:
Use of force
Collection and preservation of evidence
The Manual can be adopted as is or modified to meet the needs of individual agencies and is available to PCPA members for $100 ($500 for non-members). Also, in the future, agencies can pay a $50 annual fee ($250 for non-members) to receive any updates or new policies.
For more information on the manual, please go to the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police web site.
The Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association
3905 N. Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110
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