The College Place Police Department was recognized as a fully accredited police agency during a Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs (WASPC) Commission on Accreditation meeting held this afternoon (6/18/20) in Lacey, Washington. The Accreditation Committee oversees and maintains the standards, conducts on-site audits and recommends accredited agencies to WASPC.
Recently, the College Place Police Department (CPPD) underwent a review by a team of WASPC assessors to determine the application of best practice, policy and compliance of standards. The rigorous review involves on-site visits, employee interviews and the close examination of written documents, policy, training records, officer reports, employee evaluations, accountability and the application of industry best practice. Chief Tomaras says, we serve our community and therefore should be open to public criticism and accountability. Accreditation is one of several steps toward strengthening public trust, says Tomaras.
The WASPC commission on accreditation began in 1976 following direction by Washington State Legislation to professionalize Washington State law enforcement agencies. For more information on Law Enforcement Accreditation please click here: WASPC ACCREDITATION
2020 marks the 75th anniversary for the College Place Police Department and the first time in their departments history of achieving Accreditation.