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 375 agencies have enrolled and 127 agencies currently maintain 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.
Worthy of Accreditation:
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 most recent 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.
- Establishes a credible framework for evaluating agency practices and procedures
- Reduces agency risk and exposure to lawsuits
- 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