KANNAPOLIS, NC (WBTV) - The Kannapolis Police Department has been awarded International Accreditation Status and received the Certificate of Meritorious Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation because this is the 15th consecutive year the department has received this honor.
Only six percent of the police departments in the United States have been awarded this status.
Police Chief Woody Chavis, along with Accreditation Manager Lori Parker accepted the awards at the conference of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) held recently in Reno, Nevada.
First accredited in 2000, the department has been formally reviewed every three years in order to maintain their accreditation status from CALEA. The "Meritorious" designation is only awarded to agencies maintaining full accreditation status for 15 or more years.
"We are extremely proud to have maintained our accredited status for over 15 years," said Chief Woody Chavis. "Maintaining these elite rating shows we consistently serve our community with professionalism, dignity, and respect. Our mission is to ensure the citizens of Kannapolis have a safe place to live, work, and play".
Police accreditation is a voluntary undertaking. By going through the process, a police department invites an independent outside panel of reviewers to ensure the department has the most up-to-date policies, procedures, and training. The reviewers, who are police professionals from across the United States, also grade the department on their use of best practices for law enforcement. CALEA reviewers conducted an on-site assessment in December 2014. They spent four days in Kannapolis reviewing files, interacting with employees, speaking to citizens, and riding with officers on patrol.
Each law enforcement agency seeking accreditation is provided with a manual containing over 480 individual standards addressing all facets of law enforcement management, operations, and support functions. Accredited agencies must maintain compliance with all applicable mandatory standards and at least 80% of the voluntary standards. The Kannapolis Police Department was found to be in compliance with all mandatory standards and 94.5% of the voluntary standards.