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City police accredited

April 06, 1999

The Hagerstown City Police Department has been notified that its policies and procedures have been approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies in Fairfax, Va.

"They said we did an excellent job, which made me feel pretty good," said Lt. Roy Cave, who heads the department's re-accreditation effort.

The accreditation process is a week-long, voluntary examination of the department's policies, procedures, management and support services.

Hagerstown's department was first accredited in 1994, for a five-year period. The accreditation period since been changed to three years.

An assessment team of police officials from across the country arrived on Jan. 23 and reviewed written materials, interviewed individuals and visited officials, offices and places where compliance could be seen.

The team reported its findings to the commission, which conducted hearings and made a decision in March.

Of the more than 15,000 police departments in the U.S., fewer than 500 have been accredited, although some have a similar certification on their own, said Police Chief Dale Jones.

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Cave said the department's Operation Spot Light program was highlighted by the commission.

The program pairs police officers with members of the Washington County Department of Parole and Probation on their visits to clients on parole.

The partnership promotes communication between the departments and allows police to quickly apprehend parole violators, he said.

-Kimberly Yakowski

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