Accreditation

The Administrative Division is also tasked with maintaining the Department’s state accreditation status that was initially achieved in March 2005 through the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association.  Accreditation is the process of conforming internal policy and procedures to established professional standards and objectives. Ofc. Ralph Palm is the Department’s Accreditation Manager.  A re-accreditation assessment was conducted in March of 2008.  Three assessors from the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission evaluated our facility, policies, and procedures. The assessment team evaluated the Department’s compliance with more than 120 professional standards.  The team highly recommended the Department for re-accreditation status.  In July 2008, the Department was presented with a certificate of re-accreditation, which is valid for three years, at the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Conference in Lancaster.  Three independent state assesors returned in March 2011 to conduct another on-site evaluation.  The Department successfully finished the reassessment process and was granted re-accreditation.