Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP) Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment
- The Arizona Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ALEAP) assists law enforcement agencies in measuring and improving their overall performance
- It is a way to demonstrate that departments meet commonly accepted best practices & industry standards
- This is a voluntary process
- Public comments are sought
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The Prescott Police Department must comply with 174 standards in order to achieve accredited status.
(Prescott, AZ) The Prescott Police Department (PPD) is seeking accreditation through the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP) Arizona Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ALEAP). Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven method of assisting law enforcement agencies in measuring and improving their overall performance. 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 15th to examine all aspects of the Prescott Police Department policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services Interim Police Chief, Amy Bonney announced today.
“Verification by the team that the Prescott Police Department meets the Arizona Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission’s “best practice” standards are part of a voluntary process to achieve accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence”, Interim Police Chief, Amy Bonney said.
Telephone comments are limited to five (5) minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the Commission’s standards. These standards can be found online at
. Additionally, a copy of the standards are available for inspection at the Prescott Police Department, 222 S Marina Street, Prescott, AZ 86303. Please contact Stacy Olson, Accreditation Manager at (928) 777-1712.
The Prescott Police Department must comply with 174 standards in order to achieve accredited status. Interim Police Chief, Amy Bonney indicated, “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.”
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. 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”, Rhea stated.
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 www.azchiefsofpolice.org.