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Crown Point to pursue police accreditation

Updated: May 13, 2013 8:43AM



CROWN POINT — The Police Department soon will begin a two-year voluntary accreditation procedure intended to create a set of rules, regulations, policies and standard operating procedures.

The Board of Public Works and Safety on Wednesday authorized Police Chief Pete Land to send a letter to the Indiana Law Enforcement Commission on Accreditation to begin the progress.

Land said over the course of the next two years the department will need to meet 120 standards set by the accreditation agency. The agency also will work closely with the department and Land, who will serve as the accreditation officer and primary contact point, to design some of those standards to meet the specific needs of the department.

“It’s a tough and daunting task. If you have a police department with accreditation it can only benefit the city,” Land said.

While the department already has tried to take many of the steps internally, it has not yet been able to participate in a national accreditation process primarily due to the high cost and the need for a single dedicated accreditation officer in the department.

The program will cost $7,500 and payments can be spread out over three years. The agency also allows the department to have an accreditation point person, which will be Land, while dividing the workload among the department’s command staff, who will report to the chief. Land said he will be able to pay for the program from funds within his budget and will not need additional revenue.

If the department is able to secure accreditation, it should reduce its insurance rating and lower costs for liability coverage.

Keith Stevens, chief of staff, said the city may realize some of that savings as soon as the accreditation process begins. Similar discounts have come when the city implemented a practical driving skills program for employees who drive city-owned vehicles. The city realized a discount on insurance rates when the program was implemented and an additional discount after employees completed it.

If the department is successful attaining police accreditation, it will be valid for three years.



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