West Earl receives grant for police accreditation
The West Earl Township Police Department received a total of $ 34,900.00 in grants to help the department complete the accreditation process through the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (PLEAC) of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association.
The grant award was announced by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) at its December 8 meeting. Funding for the grant is provided by the United States. Ministry of Justice, Programs of the Office of Justice. The ministry will use the funding to hire a consulting firm to help the agency develop a comprehensive policy manual and to help the agency achieve accreditation status with the PA Chiefs of Police Association.
Police accreditation embodies the tenets of community-based policing. It creates a forum in which police and citizens can work together to prevent and control challenges facing law enforcement and provides clear direction regarding community expectations. Some of the benefits of accreditation include:
• Establishes a credible framework for evaluating agency practices and procedures
• Reduces agency risk and exposure to lawsuits
• Improves law enforcement – community relations
• Increases employee contribution, interaction and trust in the agency
• Identifies and highlights the capacities and skills of the agency
• Provides a solid foundation on which the agency can build for further progress
• Extends the agency’s responsibility to the public and elected officials
• Improves the planning and innovative activities of all agency staff
• Develops improved methods of delivering services to the community
• Encourages problem-solving activities within the agency
• Updates departmental policies and procedures with best law enforcement practices.
“We are delighted to have received this grant, the accreditation reinforces the professionalism of the agency while improving our methods and the levels of service we provide to the communities of West Earl Township and Akron Borough,” said Chief Eric S. Higgins
The police department expects the process to take 12 to 18 months.