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Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
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Kentucky State Police Achieves Accreditation from
National Law Enforcement Group

(Frankfort, KY) -  The Kentucky State Police has been awarded accreditation by a national group whose members represent approximately 80 percent of the law enforcement profession in the United States. The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) based its recognition on measurement of the agency´s performance in adhering to 443 "best practice" standards developed for law enforcement organizations throughout the country.

"This is more than just the mere pursuit of a certificate," says KSP Commissioner Patrick N. Simpson. "It represents the commitment of all Kentucky State Police employees to constantly improve the quality of service provided to the citizens of the commonwealth."

The overall purpose of CALEA´s accreditation program is to improve delivery of law enforcement service by offering a body of standards, developed by law enforcement practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date law enforcement topics. It recognizes professional achievements by offering an orderly and voluntary process for addressing and complying with applicable standards.

"Our quest for accreditation began in March 2000  with a rigorous evaluation of the agency´s programs, activities and operations in relation to CALEA standards," explains Simpson. This led to a focus on strengthening areas such as responsibilities and relationships with other agencies; organization, management and administration; personnel administration; auxiliary and technical support and law enforcement operation and support. "There´s not a person in the agency that wasn´t affected in this analysis," he notes.

As a final step in the process, KSP hosted three law enforcement professionals from outside Kentucky for a week-long, on-site review last December. These assessors visited KSP headquarters and selected posts and branches throughout the state, interviewing personnel and reviewing policies, procedures, documentations and proofs of compliance. Their evaluation was positive and they recommended that the agency be accredited "without hesitation."

The CALEA assessors stated in their report that KSP is "very forward thinking in taking advantage of advancing technology and keeping abreast of that technology." They also noted that "the department is well trained and well equipped and appears to be not only presently providing excellent service to the citizens of Kentucky, but is constantly looking for ways to improve that service."

According to Simpson, pursuit of CALEA accreditation has aided the agency in areas such as long range operational and strategic plans; expanded crime prevention and community involvement; increased feedback from communities, victims and employees; initiation of a career development program; expanded training opportunities; coordinated missing persons response and enhanced victim assistance efforts.

Other potential benefits of CALEA accreditation include controlled liability insurance costs, administrative improvements, greater accountability from supervisors and increased governmental and community support.

"Overall, I believe that achieving this certification was well worth the effort," says Simpson. "It gave us a chance to objectively step back and look at ourselves and implement new plans and programs that will move the Kentucky State Police forward."

CALEA was established as an independent accrediting authority in 1979 by four major law enforcement membership associations: the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); the National Sheriff´s Association (NSA) and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

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