Park Ridge Police Department Awarded Law Enforcement Accreditation
Over the past year, The Park Ridge Police Department has worked towards achieving accredited status with the Illinois Association of Chief’s of Police. Accreditation is an ongoing process whereby agencies evaluate policies and procedures against established criteria, and have compliance with those criteria verified by an independent and authoritative body, The Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Council. The criteria, or standards, are policy development guidelines that represent a level of quality service delivery.
The true indicator of compliance, however, lies with an evaluation by trained, independent
professional peers. The establishment of meaningful and professional standards and an evaluation for
compliance to those standards are, therefore, the two fundamentals of an accreditation program. The
department underwentthe final stage in the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ILEAP),
the onsite assessment on June 27 and 28, 2012.
The Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Council met on October 18, 2012 and granted
the Park Ridge Police Department accredited status. Park Ridge is the 12th agency in Illinois to
receive this prestigious award. The Presient of the Illinois Association of Chief's of Police, Chief
Robert Porter, presented Mayor David Schmidt, Chief Frank Kaminski, Deputy Chief Lou Jogmen,
Commander Jason Leavitt and Commander Duane Mellema with the official certificate at the City
Council Meeting on Monday, January 21, 2013.
This award demonstrates the Department's commitment to working towards upholding the
best practices established for law enforcement.