The Warrington Township Police Department has earned accreditation from the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (PLEAC). The program assesses law enforcement’s ongoing commitment to professional objectives and best practices, writes Ilena DiToro for the Warminster Patch.
PLEAC accreditation involves establishing a framework for:
- Evaluating agency practices and procedures
- Improving law enforcement and community relations
- Encouraging problem-solving activities within the agency
Chief Daniel Friel remarked, “Achieving accreditation is a testimony to the hard work of the entire department over the last 15+ months. This is a proud and special time for our police department, and we want the community to know that we meet the highest standards for policing in Pennsylvania and are committed to maintaining them.”
There are more than 1,100 police departments in Pennsylvania, of which more than 375 are enrolled in the accreditation process. Warrington Township Police Department became the 129th police department in the Commonwealth to achieve accreditation and the 16th out of 39 in Bucks County.
PLEAC accreditation isn’t easy to attain. 139 state standards must be met and followed, and each accredited police department must prove their compliance.
The department’s human officers weren’t the only ones recently scrutinized; the township’s K9 team, Murphy and Jolie, also had to pass their yearly certifications.
More detail on PLEAC accreditation is available at the Warminster Patch.