The La Plata (MD) Police Department received National Accreditation on July 23, 2022 by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) in the program(s) of ‘law application. The agency was first accredited in July 2018.
After a multi-year self-assessment phase and meticulous on-site assessment of community engagement, policy, procedures, equipment and facilities by CALEA assessors, La Plata Police Chief Carl Schinner, Compliance Coordinator Jacquelyn DeSoto, Lt. Michael Payne, Lt. Robert Bagley, and Mayor Jeannine James attended the CALEA conference in Chicago, Illinois. Each agency reviewed goes before CALEA’s 21-member Board of Commissioners, where the commission reviews all findings and determines the agencies’ accreditation status.
On the evening of the hearing, at the celebratory banquet, CALEA President Marcus Brown and Executive Director Craig Hartley presented the La Plata Police Department with a credential, signifying excellence in public safety and commitment to the community. This is the La Plata Police Department’s second national accreditation. The La Plata Police Department is now transitioning to CALEA’s four-year accreditation cycle which includes four annual web-based remote record reviews and an on-site assessment in the fourth year.
Chief Carl Schinner said: “There has never been a more important time for police services to operate within the best law enforcement practices than now. CALEA provides law enforcement with a roadmap to success. We are honored to be Maryland’s smallest accredited law enforcement agency.
In 1979, the Commission was created through the combined efforts of four major law enforcement agencies; the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the National Sheriffs’ Association and the Police Executive Research Forum.
The Commission’s objective is to develop standards based on international best practices in public safety and to establish and administer the accreditation process. The accreditation process is the way a public safety agency voluntarily demonstrates how it meets the profession’s recognized standards of excellence in management and service delivery.
“This awarding of accreditation is not easy,” said CALEA President Marcus Brown. “Agencies must go through a rigorous review and assessment of their organization and then implement the necessary policy and procedural changes. The process does not end there. By voluntarily choosing to seek CALEA accreditation, the agency commits to ongoing review of compliance with CALEA standards. Every community with CALEA-accredited agencies must be confident that their public safety organization goes above and beyond and operates to the highest standards for public safety.
Benefits of Accreditation
- Controlled Liability Insurance Costs – Accreditation status makes it easier for agencies to take out liability insurance; makes it easier for agencies to increase the ceiling of their insurance coverage; and, in many cases, results in lower premiums.
- Enhanced defense against lawsuits and citizen complaints – Accredited agencies are better able to defend themselves against lawsuits and citizen complaints. Many agencies report a drop in legal actions against them once they are accredited.
- Greater accountability within the Agency – Accreditation standards provide the CEO with a proven management system consisting of written guidelines, solid training, clearly defined lines of authority and routine reports that support decision-making and resource allocation .
- Unwavering support from government officials – Accreditation provides objective evidence of an organization’s commitment to excellence in leadership, resource management and service delivery. As a result, government officials are more confident in the agency’s ability to operate effectively and respond to community needs.
- Increases community advocacy – Accreditation embodies the precepts of community-oriented policing. It creates a forum in which the police and citizens work together to prevent and control crime. This partnership helps citizens understand the challenges facing law enforcement and gives law enforcement clear direction on community expectations.
- Improved employee morale – Accreditation is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence and competence. It requires written guidelines and training to inform employees of policies and practices; installations and equipment to ensure the safety of employees; and processes to protect employee rights. Employees take pride in their agency, knowing that it represents the best in public safety.
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA®) was established in 1979 as an accrediting authority through the joint efforts of the major law enforcement executive associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriffs Association (NSA); and the Police Executives Research Forum (PERF).
The objective of CALEA’s accreditation programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a set of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of public safety initiatives up to date ; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognize professional excellence.
More specifically, CALEA’s objectives are to: Strengthen crime prevention and control capacities; Formalize essential management procedures; Establish fair and non-discriminatory personnel practices; Improve service delivery; Strengthen inter-agency cooperation and coordination; and Increase community and staff confidence in the agency.
The CALEA accreditation process is a proven modern management model; once implemented, it presents to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), on an ongoing basis, a blueprint that promotes the efficient use of resources and improves service delivery, regardless of size, geographic location or functional responsibilities of the agency.
This accreditation program offers public safety agencies the opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet an established set of professional standards based on industry best practices and approved by an all-volunteer Board of Commissioners.
About the La Plata Police Department:
The La Plata Police Department (LPPD) was formed in 1963. It was not until 1987 that a second officer was added to the force. In 1993, the LPPD personnel grew to four (4) officers, which enabled the agency to provide limited night patrol coverage. Residential growth, annexation, and reconstruction after the 2002 F4 tornado was the catalyst for the population increase.
The modern LPPD has twenty-five (25) sworn staff positions providing twenty-four (24) hour coverage. Additionally, LPPD officers are well trained and equipped to serve and protect city residents and businesses. Although most specialty assignments are part-time, the agency has officers certified in collision reconstruction, drug recognition (traffic), impaired driving checkpoints, commercial vehicle inspection, health care casualty emergency, crime scene processing, field training, residential and commercial crime prevention, as well as general, firearms, taser, less lethal and field sobriety instructors.
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