The Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP) has awarded the Prescott Police Department full police accreditation through the Arizona Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ALEAP).
The Prescott Police Department was one of the first in Yavapai County and a leader in the state to seek accreditation and go through all the necessary steps to be mandated as an accredited agency by the ALEAP commission. and the AACOP board of directors. These steps included; a two-year self-assessment (which the Prescott Police Department completed in 9 months), a mock assessment, a sight assessment, and a hearing before the ALEAP Commission. The Prescott Police Department has met or exceeded the 174 standards approved by the AACOP Board of Directors.
According to the Prescott Police Department, the benefits and value of certification include:
- Ensure PPD meets industry standards and best practices through validated standard measurements for superior quality and safety results.
- Improve officer safety and public safety.
- Ensure accountability, transparency and build trust with the Community.
- Ensure that the PPD, through audits, evaluations, inspections and validation processes, that their operations, policies and procedures correspond to practice.
- Ensure the operational readiness factor of the PPD to better serve and protect the community of Prescott.
- Reduce exposure, risk and liability, and also help with grants and funding.
- To provide the community and each member of the PPD team with the knowledge and pride that the PPD has met the highest professional policing standards.
âThis is a significant achievement for the ministry and we are satisfied with the entire process, the end result and the evaluation,â said Police Chief Bonney. âWe continue to look for ways to elevate the professionalism of the Department and this accreditation is certainly another big step in that direction. This process ended with the granting of full accreditation status to the police service. The evaluator’s assessment was very complementary not only to our policies and procedures, but equally important to the professionalism and culture in which we operate in the police service.
âWe are proud of the police department for its recent accreditation award,â said City Manager Michael Lamar. âIt is certainly an impressive achievement. “
The comments of the commission and the director of ALEAP were positive and affirmed:
âWhen the evaluation team visited, it was clear that all employees, sworn and non-sworn, are engaged in the ALEAP accreditation process. It was evident that the members of PPD are committed to providing excellent, professional and friendly service to citizens and visitors to the Town of Prescott.
âThe evaluation team remained impressed with many facets of the agencyâ¦ The members of the department were helpful and confirmed through interviews and observations that the policies and procedures of the department are integrated into the way the department works and have been adopted for many years as part of departmental policy. culture. Chef Bonney promotes the importance of accreditation to her staff and takes a hands-on approach.
The Prescott Police Department would like to express its gratitude and appreciation to every member of our team who assisted with this process, and a special thank you to our Accreditation Officer, Stacy Olson for her dedication and persistence in helping us. to succeed in this process.
The Arizona State Law Enforcement Accreditation Program is a voluntary program that aims to establish and maintain standards that represent current best professional practice in law enforcement in order to ” Increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the delivery of law enforcement services, and establish standards that address and reduce the liability of the agency and its members. Accredited agencies meet the objectives of accountability, fair and non-discriminatory personnel policies, quality service delivery, excellence and community trust.