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Police Department re-accredited by state
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McMinnville Police Department continues to set the bar when it comes to standards of excellence. It received re-accreditation from the state.
Murfreesboro Police Chief Glenn Chrisman made a plaque presentation to McMinnville Police Chief Bryan Denton.
“It is my pleasure to present the second re-accreditation to the city of McMinnville Police Department and recognize the hard work of Chief Denton and the McMinnville Police Department,” said Chrisman.
The Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, through its Professional Standards Committee, launched a state accreditation program in 2009. At the time, Charlie Sewell was the chair of that committee and McMinnville Police Chief.
“With the able assistance from other chiefs and deputy chiefs from around the state, the committee put together the Tennessee Law Enforcement Accredita-tion Program and McMinnville was one of the original charter test sites, along with Bristol and Bell Meade,” said Chrisman.
The city’s department was the first in the state to receive accreditation in 2010 with former chief Sewell.
“As we look toward the second award of accreditation, the state of Tennessee, professional law enforcement in Tennessee, and certainly, the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police owe the city of McMinnville, the Mayor and Aldermen, and the McMinnville Police Department a debt of gratitude for the service they rendered in helping to put this program together,” said Chrisman.
The program sets down approximately 150 policies and directives for professional law enforcement. In order to be accredited, the department has to provide proof it meets all those standards and that the policies are being followed.
Today, the program has approximately 60 cities involved in the accreditation program.
“It takes commitment, dedication and hard work from the agency head, the agency personnel and city leaders to meet the standards prescribed by the program,” said Chrisman. “The time commitment is often as long as three years to work your way through that process and become accredited.”
Benefits of accreditation are numerous and include sound written directives to help guide police officers, better management of information for better decision making, fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practice, and reduced insurance costs of $100 per officer through the Tennessee Municipal League Risk Management program.
Tennessee Law Enforcement Accredita-tion is a voluntary program for any law enforcement agency, city or county, within the state of Tennessee.