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Prescott PD to partake in accreditation program; seeking comments from public to help with assessment

The Prescott Police Department is scheduled to partake in a state accreditation program Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The program is aimed at improving the department’s overall performance in serving the City of Prescott. (Courier file photo)

The Prescott Police Department is scheduled to partake in a state accreditation program Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The program is aimed at improving the department’s overall performance in serving the City of Prescott. (Courier file photo)

The Prescott Police Department (PPD) is seeking accreditation through the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP) Arizona Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ALEAP) and is inviting comments from employees and the general public that address the agency’s ability to comply with the commission’s standards, according to a news release.

Accreditation is a voluntary, progressive and time-proven method of assisting law enforcement agencies in measuring and improving their overall performance.

Although not mandated by the state of Arizona, ALEAP is intended to provide law enforcement agencies in the state with an avenue for demonstrating that they meet commonly accepted best practices and industry standards for efficient, effective, productive and quality operations.

A team of assessors from ALEAP will arrive on Tuesday, June 15, to examine all aspects of the Prescott Police Department policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Interim Police Chief Amy Bonney said in the news release.

“Verification by the team that the Prescott Police Department meets the Arizona Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission’s ‘best practice’ standards is part of a voluntary process to achieve accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” Bonney said.

As part of this final on-site assessment, employees and members of the general public are invited to provide comments to the assessment team by telephone or email. The public may call 928-777-1976 on Wednesday, June 16, between the hours of 10 and 11 a.m. Email comments can be sent to kevin.rhea@azchiefsofpolice.org.

Telephone comments are limited to five minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the commission’s standards. These standards can be found online at azchiefsofpolice.org/aleap-accreditation-program.

Additionally, a copy of the standards are available for inspection at the Prescott Police Department, 222 S Marina Street. Please contact Accreditation Manager Stacy Olson at 928-777-1712.

Outside of the on-site assessment day, anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Prescott Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation is requested to email the Accreditation Manager at Stacy.Olson@prescott-az.gov or write the Arizona Law Enforcement Accreditation Program at 75 E. Civic Center Drive, Gilbert, AZ 48296.

The Prescott Police Department must comply with 174 standards in order to achieve accredited status.

“Accreditation results in greater accountability within the agency, reduced risk and liability exposure, stronger defense against civil lawsuits, increased community advocacy, and more confidence in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and respond to community needs,” Bonney said.

The Accreditation Program Manager for ALEAP is Kevin E. Rhea.

“The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar Arizona law enforcement agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview agency members, and visit offices and other places where compliance with the standards can be observed,” Rhea stated in the news release. “Once the assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status.”

Accreditation is valid for a four-year period during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to their continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

The Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP), is the accrediting agency in the State of Arizona. For more information regarding the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police, please visit azchiefsofpolice.org.

Information provided by the Prescott Police Department.

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