State awards po­lice depart­ment ac­cred­i­ta­tion

The Advance of Bucks County - - NEWTOWN AREA - By Staff Re­ports

NEW­TOWN TOWN­SHIP - The Penn­syl­va­nia Law En­force­ment Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Com­mis­sion (PLEAC) voted unan­i­mously to award ac­cred­i­ta­tion sta­tus to the New­town Town­ship Po­lice Depart­ment on June 26.

“It is very easy to say the stan­dards are be­ing met, but when mem­bers of out­side agen­cies unan­i­mously val­i­date that our depart­ment con­forms with the cri­te­ria it is a tes­ta­ment to ev­ery mem­ber of this po­lice depart­ment,” said Chief Henry Pasqualini, adding that he is proud that the depart­ment is in full com­pli­ance with the 132 stan­dards es­tab­lished by PLEAC.

Sergeant Mark Pentz, a 29-year vet­eran of the depart­ment who was named Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Man­ager last sum­mer, said that “with­out the co­op­er­a­tion and help from mem­bers of the depart­ment the pro­ject would not have been com­pleted.”

The Penn­syl­va­nia Chiefs of Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion in­tro­duced the Penn­syl­va­nia Law En­force­ment Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Pro­gram to the Com­mon­wealth in July 2001. The Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Pro­gram is de­signed and de­vel­oped by pro­fes­sional law en­force­ment ex­ec­u­tives to pro­vide a rea­son­able and cost ef­fec­tive plan for the pro­fes­sion­al­iza­tion of law en­force­ment agen­cies within the Com­mon­wealth.

The pro­gram can be bro­ken down into three steps or phases - the ap­pli­ca­tion, self­assess­ment and fi­nally the for­mal as­sess­ment by law en­force­ment per­son­nel who have re­ceived ad­di­tional train­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion by PLEAC to be­come as­ses­sors. The process is on­go­ing and in or­der to main­tain the sta­tus of an ac­cred­ited agency the depart­ment must un­dergo the for­mal as­sess­ment ev­ery three years. It re­quires the depart­ment to con­tin­u­ally re­view and re­vise de­part­men­tal pro­ce­dures to re­main in com­pli­ance

Law en­force­ment ac­cred­i­ta­tion is a method and an on­go­ing process to en­sure that the New­town Town­ship Po­lice Depart­ment is in com­pli­ance with national “best prac­tices” in polic­ing cov­er­ing all as­pects of law en­force­ment poli­cies, pro­ce­dures, and op­er­a­tions.

Chief Pasqualini will make a pre­sen­ta­tion to the New­town Town­ship Board of Su­per­vi­sors at its reg­u­larly sched­uled meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, July 24.

Dis­play­ing the ac­cred­i­ta­tion cer­tifi­cate are Po­lice Chief Henry Pasqualini and Sergeant Mark Pentz, a 29-year vet­eran of the depart­ment and ac­cred­i­ta­tion man­ager.

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