The LBPD is Accredited through the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (PLEAC), which is administered by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association. The LBPD initially was Accredited on February 2, 2008 and has subsequently achieved re-Accreditation every three years since (2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019). Accreditation is an ongoing processes whereby the LBPD is required to establish policy and procedures against established criteria and have compliance with that criteria verified by three independent assessors during mock and on-site assessments.The assessors review training, services, equipment and proofs by observations. 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.
The LBPD is among the 10% of law enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to achieve Accredited status.
Accreditation affects every component of the LBPD and assures the community is receiving professional police services. PLEAC standards address four main areas, which are:
1. Organization and Management Roles
2. Law Enforcement Functions
3. Staff Support Responsibilities
4. Pennsylvania Legal Mandates
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. The LBPD Accreditation is managed by a police supervisor and a civilian support contractor.
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.