Ponca City Police Department receives accreditation credentials
Ponca City Now - April 17, 2019 3:50 pm
On Monday, the Ponca City Police Department received notification it was granted the coveted Award of Accreditation from the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police, Oklahoma Law Enforcement Accreditation Program.
Agencies maintain that status by submitting to an independent on-site review every four years.
The concept of law enforcement accreditation began in the 1970s, when the need to upgrade the profession’s public image was apparent. The goal was and still is to instill “professionalism” into every phase of law enforcement service.
In July 1996, the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police received a grant to implement a law enforcement accreditation program in Oklahoma. A committee including representatives from municipal, county and state law enforcement, municipal assurance attorneys, and law enforcement bargaining units was formed to review and develop Oklahoma appropriate law enforcement accreditation standards. The standards or best practices are intended to assist agencies in the efficient and effective delivery of law enforcement services.
The standards cover all aspects of operations, including individual’s rights, use of force, vehicle pursuits, property and evidence management, and other administrative, patrol, and investigative operations.
This voluntary process included an internal agency review followed by an on-site critical assessment of the agency’s policies, procedures, facilities, and operations by a team of law enforcement professionals from outside the Ponca City Police Department. A comprehensive assessment report was forwarded to the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission for review followed by the final review and determination by the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Board.
The Ponca City Police Department considers itself to be one of the best. This process provided for an independent review of the department’s overall operations and should assure the citizens of Ponca City that its police department conforms to current professional standards and best practices.
The Ponca City Police Department received its first Award of Accreditation in 2005.