RCPD earns national accreditation

By The Mercury

A national accreditation agency recently recognized and awarded the Riley County Police Department with its highest honor available following the agency’s three-day on-site assessment in December.

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) recognized the department for its “outstanding performance” and awarded the department with the Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation with Excellence during a conference that was March 17-23.

Officials said only six of 125 agencies that were reaccredited at the conference received this honor.

The department also maintained its Meritorious Service standing at the conference.

Officials said accreditation is a voluntary process valued by law enforcement professionals and recognized as an achievement of professional excellence.

The department first elected to seek accreditation status in 1988 and subsequently became accredited in March 1991. The department has the distinction of becoming the first nationally accredited law enforcement agency in Kansas.

To make their determinations, CALEA assessors inspected the department, interviewed employees, reviewed files and held a public information session over the course of three days in December.

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