Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Reaccredited, again

I made a speedy trip to Washington, DC to join a couple of staff members, Sgt. Don Scheinost and Capt. Joy Citta, as we appeared before the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.  The Commission considered the report of the onsite team that visited LPD last November, asked several follow-up questions, then voted unanimously to award accreditation to us for the next three years.

We were also named a Meritorious Agency, an award bestowed on agencies that have been accredited for 15 years or more (our first was in 1989).  The Commission has also designated us as a Flagship Agency, meaning that we are recognized as being at a level of excellence sufficient to provide other agencies seeking accreditation with examples of “best practices” on how to address compliance, policy development, file maintenance, and other issues relating to the accreditation process.

Our employees should be proud of this milestone and recognition.  Accreditation assures Lincoln's citizens that the department follows the recognized best practices in policing.  It is not an easy process, and only about 5% of the agencies in the United States are accredited.  Compared to our last appearance before the Commission, the trip was uneventful:  no tornado, no looters. 

12 comments:

Steve said...

Congratulations, Chief. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Steve,

What about the rest of the department? It's not just the chief who works there you know. It's the men and women of LPD who work their butts off day and in and day out 24/7 365 that makes that department what it is. The chief is the one who gets to stand in front of the cameras and get's the hand shakes, the pictures taken, the pat on the back, and his face plastered all over the news/papers. It's amazing how people always forget the 'little people'. It's a great award and accomplishment for the department but it's just not him (chief) who makes that place run smooth on a daily basis.

Anonymous said...

@7:47
I think Chief Casady understands more than most that this honor is for his agency. Since this is the Chief's Corner, it is only appropriate for Steve to congratulate the Chief.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Chief and LPD officers and staff. You all are an exceptional gift to the city. We are indeed lucky citizens.

Omadog said...

Chief,

I am confident that you have, are and will always share the credit when credit is due. I am also confident that you often take the blame when something goes awry. Please ignore the dweeb named Steve.

Omadog said...

Chief,

I mixed up the first two respondents. I meant to say ignore that anonymous dweeb. So sorry, Steve.

Anonymous said...

Steve,

Damned if you do, damned if you don't, apparently.

Anonymous said...

Check the Chief's Label Cloud for Kudos. It's always the first thing listed.

Anonymous said...

Chief,
Kudos to you and all of your department.
Gun Nut

Tim Hegarty said...

Congratulations, from one Flagship agency to another.

Steve said...

7:47

Thank you. I didn't mean to slight anyone, but as you said, it is the Chief's blog, not the department's.

I certainly didn't want to go on like an Oscar recipient thanking everyone ever born, even though I'm sure the Chief's parents and many others probably deserve some credit, too.

9:36

Apology accepted.

Pastor Fuller said...

Congratulations on this ongoing success for our department.