Accreditation is the ongoing progress whereby agencies evaluate policy and procedure against established criteria and have compliance with those criteria verified by an independent and authoritative body.
The quest to become an accredited agency began in April of 2012. Officer Katie Connolly was assigned to be the department’s Accreditation Manager. Officer Connolly reconfigured our policy manual to reflect the standards established by the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (PLEAC). Once the policy manual was completed, the next step was to demonstrate our compliance with those set standards. The final step in the process is the assessment by a team of assessors. During that last step, assessors conduct an onsite review of the department, its policies, and procedures, and to review all proof of compliance to ensure that the department meets Commission standards.
The final assessment took place on February 22 and 23, 2016. A team of assessors spent two days visiting our department, reviewing our proofs of compliance, and observing our personnel as they performed their daily duties. Once the two-day observation was completed, the assessors submitted a report to the Accreditation Commission regarding our performance.
Finally, on Wednesday, March 30, 2016, the Commission voted unanimously to make the Marple Township Police Department the 103rd accredited police agency in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The Marple Township Police Department can now proudly state that we are a professional police agency, and our accredited status gives credence to that fact.