The LBPD is Accredited through the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (PLEAC), which is administered by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association.
The LBPD is among the 10% of law enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to achieve Accredited status.
Accreditation is a progressive and time proven way to helping institutions evaluate and improve their overall performance. The cornerstone of this strategy lies in the promulgation of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives...The underlying philosophy of the program is to have a user-friendly undertaking for the departments that will result in a success-oriented outcome, PA Chiefs of Police Association (2020).
The LBPD was initially Accredited in January of 2008, and has been awarded re-Accredited status four times since (2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019). During re-Accreditation, an independent team of outside professionals scrutinize agency operations for the current Accreditation cycle to ensure agency policy and procedure continues to meet current law, professional best-practices and PLEAC standards. Additionally, the agency must prove they are adhering to these polices in their daily operations. If compliance with all applicable standards is proven, then the agency is eligible for re-Accreditation. However, this status is only bestowed upon the agency after a concurring vote by the Commission.
Most recently, the LBPD was determined to be in full compliance with 122 applicable standards and was unanimously awarded re-Accredited status on March 12, 2020.
Generally, Accreditation provides an agency with:
- Establishing a credible framework for evaluating agency practices and procedures.
- Reduces agency risk and exposure to lawsuits.
- Decreases some liability insurance expenditures.
- Improves law enforcement-community relations.
- Increases employee input, interaction and confidence in the agency.
- Enlarges the outlook and viewpoint of managers, officers and employees.
- Identifies and highlights the capabilities and competence of the agency.
- Furnishes a solid foundation for the agency to build upon for further progress.
- Provide reliable methods to improve essential management procedures.
- Extends agency accountability to the public and elected officials.
- Develops improved methods for providing services to the community.
- Encourages problem-solving activities within the agency.