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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 
    - Reduced liability potential