Park Ridge Police Department Seeks Public Input on 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 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 two tiers are not based on size, but on how comprehensive the accreditation. Tier One has 71 standards and Tier Two has 180 standards. The department is seeking accreditation on Tier One.
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 June 27th and 28th .
The assessment consists of two to three days of file review prior to arrival, 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.
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 847-318-5262 on June 27th between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm 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.