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After nine months of preparation, the Frederick Police Department received their Reaccreditation from Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) representative Lt. Frank Acosta of Brighton Police Department at the January 13th regular board meeting.
The accreditation process is a joint venture of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the County Sheriffs of Colorado (CSOC) association. It is an intensive procedure that requires a law enforcement agency to demonstrate and consistently maintain compliance with over 200 professional standards of performance as determined by chief executives in the CACP and CSOC. Some of these standard areas include arrest procedures, custody procedures and holding cells, equipment in patrol cars, properly marking patrol cars, community relations, internal affairs, investigations, record keeping, evidence handling and storage.
“Accreditation is important because it’s all about accountability and following the best practices in law enforcement,” said Frederick Police Chief Gary Barbour. “The best way to have confidence that your police department is doing things right is to make sure they have met accreditation standards.”
Two assessors reviewed all of the documentation for almost a month before visiting the department for a visual inspection and review of standards that could only be verified on site. Then a report went to the CACP Board for review where it was approved for reaccreditation. The accreditation is valid for five years, at which time the department will be due for another review.
“There are less than 50 police departments and sheriff’s offices in the entire State of Colorado that have achieved the prestigious distinction of state accreditation. This is not an easy task and demands a serious commitment from the entire law enforcement agency from the chief executive to the newest member of the organization,” said John Hough, Edgewater Police Chief and Chairperson of the CACP Professional Standards Committee. “The accreditation process is extremely labor and time intensive. For the Frederick Police Department to have not only achieved its initial accreditation, but now its renewed accreditation is obvious testimony to its level of professionalism and its commitment to providing excellence in community service. The Frederick Police Department, and the community of Frederick, should be extremely proud of this accomplishment.”