Mayor Chris Beutler today recognized the Lincoln Police Department (LPD) for receiving its eighth national accreditation and for being honored with the prestigious Flagship Award. The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) presented the awards March 26 in Bethesda, Maryland. CALEA selects agencies for Flagship status based on past awards, current assessment and overall professional standing in the public safety community.
"The men and women of the Lincoln Police Department deserve to be recognized for their hard work, integrity and dedication to serve the citizens of Lincoln," said Mayor Beutler. "LPD personnel can take great pride in their continuing efforts, and the people of Lincoln can count on their police department being one of the most professional in the country."
Reaccreditation is a three-year process voluntarily undertaken by law enforcement agencies. LPD has been nationally accredited since 1989, when it became the first law enforcement agency in Nebraska to achieve that status.
"CALEA thoroughly examines our employees, our practices and our policies," said Police Chief Tom Casady. "Being reaccredited verifies our continued compliance with the leading set of standards in the law enforcement profession."
CALEA also presented Casady with the Egon Bittner Award, given to those who have commanded an accredited agency for 15 or more continuous years.
CALEA's Flagship Agency Program is designed to acknowledge public safety agencies that have demonstrated success in the accreditation process. The program also serves to provide other agencies seeking accreditation with examples of "best practices" to address compliance, policy development, file maintenance and other issues relating to the accreditation process.
Lincoln is one of less than ten cities in the U.S. to have all three emergency service providers nationally accredited.
More information on the City's emergency service providers is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keywords: fire, police, 911). More information on the accrediting agencies is available at calea.org and cfainet.org.