Westminster Police Department receives accreditation
(May 30, 2013)
The Westminster Police Department is pleased to announce successful re-accreditation by the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP).
In 1986, the Metropolitan Association of Chiefs of Police and the CACP organizations followed the lead of the National Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and developed more than 100 professional law enforcement standards for Colorado law enforcement agencies.
The standards covered topics such as use of force, training, organization, records management, media relations, internal affairs investigations, police patrol, police investigations and drug investigations. Additionally, it established contemporary and professional state of the art policies, procedures and rules. These standards served, and continue to serve, as models for Colorado law enforcement agencies to follow.
Participation in this certification program is voluntary. In order to remain accredited, the police department is audited every five years by the CACP to determine if we continue to meet accreditation standards. These comprehensive professional standards define the duties and responsibilities of peace officers in Colorado.
The police department’s policies and procedures were reviewed to determine if the department is in compliance with the professional standards set by the association. Each mandatory standard is compared with departmental written directives to establish compliance. An onsite inspection of departmental vehicles, equipment and facilities is also completed along with an interview with the assessors.
The assessment team consisted of two auditors from outside agencies who completed their assessment/audit on March 20.
The Westminster Police Department first became accredited in 1990 and was the 17th law enforcement agency in the state of Colorado to receive the CACP Professional Standards Compliance Award.