What is Accreditation?
Accreditation through the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association is a progressive and time-proven way of helping police departments evaluate and improve their overall performance. The cornerstone of the strategy lies in the formation 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 concludes with a decision by an authoritative body that the institution is worthy of accreditation.
Worthy of Accreditation:
In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania there are 1,117 law enforcement agencies. Since the introduction of the program, 300 agencies have enrolled and 116 agencies have currently attained accredited status. Newtown Township Police Department is one of those departments and has been an accredited law enforcement agency since May 30, 2013. This recognition is something that the entire police department holds in high regard due to the amount of dedication and teamwork that is involved in keeping this standard of professionalism. Every three years an assessment takes place as required by the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission to ensure that the department is achieving and demonstrating the highest acknowledged standards. Our assessment took place May 24, 2019, and our department was re-accredited for the third time. We received high praise for our policies, procedures, overall leadership and teamwork, and the phrase, “best of the best,” was mentioned. We view this as a win for the police department and the communities of Newtown and Wrightstown as well.