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Police Department Seeks Law Enforcement Re-Accreditation
The Algonquin Police Department initially achieved accredited status with the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police in 2013 and is currently seeking its first, re-accreditation. Accreditation is an ongoing process whereby agencies evaluate policies and procedures against established criteria, and have compliance with those criteria verified by an independent and authoritative body, The Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Council. The criteria, or standards, are policy development guidelines that represent a level of quality service delivery. The standards are divided into four general subject areas: Administration, Operations, Personnel and Training.
The true indicator of compliance, however, lies with an evaluation by trained independent professional peers. The establishment of meaningful and professional standards and an evaluation for compliance to those standards are, therefore, the two fundamentals of an accreditation program. The Algonquin Police Department has reached the final stage in the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ILEAP), the onsite assessment. The assessment will be performed March 9 and 10.
The assessment consists of a file review prior to arrival of the assessors, department tours, vehicle inspection, interviews, ride-alongs and an exit interview. Two assessors have been assigned and they will work with department administration to have all aspects of the on-site assessment scheduled.
The lead assessor will be Administrative Officer Roy Hanold. Officer Hanold has been with the Sugar Grove (IL) Police Department since 2014. Prior to that, he worked over 28 years with the Hanover Park (IL) Police Department, serving as a Lieutenant. Joining him on the assessment will be Dean Myles. Dean is a retired Deputy Chief from the Itasca (IL) Police Department and currently works as a Management Analyst for the West Chicago (IL) Police Department.
There is a two-hour public opinion phone-in session, but no public hearing. Citizens who are interested in providing input into the process can call 847-658-4531 on March 10 between 9:00 am and 11:00 am to speak with one of the assessors. After the assessment, the lead assessor will submit an Assessment Report to the ILEAP Committee Chairman who reviews and distributes the report to the Council for its review and action at the Counsel’s next scheduled meeting. If granted, accreditation is valid for four (4) years.