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The Frederick Police Department received a certificate of accreditation from the Police Chiefs and County Sheriff’s Associations at the regular Board of Trustee meeting on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. Fort Morgan Police Department Commander Jared Crone presented a plaque and certificate to Frederick Chief of Police, Todd Norris. This is the second accreditation award received by the Frederick Police Department, achieving "Professional" status.
The accreditation process is a joint venture of the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the County Sheriffs of Colorado (CSOC) association. Professional Standards exist to enable CACP and CSOC members to achieve a "Professional" status with the intent to more clearly define the role and responsibilities of a Colorado Peace Officer and to enhance the quality of services provided. It is an intensive procedure that requires a law enforcement agency to demonstrate and consistently maintain compliance with over 190 professional standards of performance as determined by chief executives in the CACP and CSOC. More information about the state standards for accreditation can be found at ColoChiefs.org.
"We are proud of our commitment to excellence and proven track record with reaccreditation," stated Frederick Police Chief, Todd Norris. "Undergoing an on-site assessment by law enforcement officials from other jurisdictions and having them review our procedures can be intense. The Frederick Police Department, and the community of Frederick, should be proud of the work we are doing to meet accreditation standards."
"There are 232 law enforcement agencies in Colorado. Only about 15% of these agencies are accredited. It is not an easy process and it involves a lot of work and commitment by the entire department," said Jared Crone of the CACP Professional Standards Committee
Two assessors reviewed all of the documentation for almost a month before visiting the department for a visual inspection and review of standards that could only be verified on site. Then a report went to the CACP Board for consideration where it was approved for reaccreditation. The accreditation is valid for five years, at which time the department will be due for another review.
Photo Credit: Fort Morgan Police Department Commander Jared Crone (CACP Professional Standards Committee) and Frederick Police Department, Chief Todd Norris.