The Russellville Police Department recently received its third five-year certificate of Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation from the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police (KACP).
The accreditation process involves an applicant agency showing compliance to 166 KACP standards through departmental policy, daily operations, and physical infrastructure within the department itself. These standards reflect current national trends and ever evolving legal requirements for the efficient and effective operation of a law enforcement agency in the 21st Century.
“Although the process for initial accreditation or reaccreditation is not easy, the outcome is worth the effort. Our policy and procedures are constantly re-evaluated as accreditation forces an agency to keep up with current acceptable practices of how an up-to-date professional law enforcement organization is expected to conduct business” said Captain Todd Raymer of the Russellville Police Department.
The accreditation standards address everything from the safe operation of emergency vehicles, to the investigation of an officer for alleged misconduct or use of force, down to how physical evidence will be stored or the requirement for having an ‘OSHA’ approved ladder in the evidence storage room.
Although there is a cost for each 5-year accreditation process, the City of Russellville receives a yearly discount from the departments’ liability insurance carrier which pays for the process cost through insurance savings during the first year of the 5-year certification.
The Russellville Police Department first received KACP Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation in January of 2005, said Raymer.
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