Certification is a progressive and time-proven way of helping law enforcement agencies calculate and improve their overall performances. The foundation of certification lies in the promulgation of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives.
Participating agencies conduct a thorough self-analysis to determine how existing operations can be adapted to meet these objectives. When the procedures are in place, a team of trained assessors verifies that applicable standards have been successfully implemented. The process culminates with a decision by a joint executive committee that the agency has met the requirements for certification.
Certification status represents a significant professional achievement. Certification acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective.
The benefits of certification include:
Confirmation that agency practices are consistent with progressive professional standards
Enhanced understanding of agency policies and practices
Greater governmental and community support
Greater public confidence in the agency
Greater operational and administrative effectiveness
Recognition in the field of outstanding achievement