Park Ridge Police Department Seeks Law Enforcement Re-accreditation

The Park Ridge Police Department initially achieved accredited status with the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police in October 2012 and is currently seeking its first, re-accreditation. 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 standards are divided into four general subject areas: Administration, Operations, Personnel and Training.  All are mandatory except for those that are “not applicable” by function.

            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 has reached the final stage in the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ILEAP), the onsite assessment. The assessment will be performed on October 6th and 7th.

            The assessment consists of two to three days of file review prior to arrival of the assessors, department tours, vehicle inspection, interviews, ride-alongs and an exit interview.  Two assessors have been assigned and they will work with the department Accreditation Manager to have all aspects of the on-site assessment scheduled over a two-day time period.

            The lead assessor will be Administrative Officer Roy Hanold. Officer Hanold has been with the Sycamore, (IL) Police Department since 2014. Prior to that, he worked over 28 years with the Hanover Park (IL) Police Department, serving as a Lieutenant. Joining him on the assessment will be Lieutenant Jeffrey Hamer from the Macomb (IL) Police department.

Lieutenant Hamer has been with the Macomb Police Department for 15 years and currently serves as their Accreditation Manager.

            There is a two-hour public opinion phone-in session, but no public hearing.  Citizens who are interested in providing input into the process can call  (847) 384-1802 on October 7th between 9:00 am and 11:00 am and speak to one of the assessors. After the assessment, the lead assessor submits an Assessment Report to the ILEAP Committee Chairman who reviews and distributes the report to the Council for its review and action at the Council’s next scheduled meeting. If granted, accreditation is valid for four (4) years.

            More information about the standards can be obtained by visiting the police department front desk or online at: http://www.ilchiefs.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Page.ViewPage&pageId=519.



 
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