LBPD Earns Premier Accredited Status

LITITZ BOROUGH - The LBPD is proud to announce it has been awarded the top-tier level of law enforcement Accreditation in Pennsylvania, known as Premier status. The LBPD joins 25 other police agencies in the Commonwealth who have achieved this level of Premier Accreditation, collectively accounting for approximately 2% of all law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania. Currently, there are 149 Accredited agencies. The LBPD is the only Borough police agency in Pennsylvania to achieve Premier status.

Accreditation provides assurances to Lititz Borough residents, elected officials, municipal staff and our officers that the agency has committed itself to adopting policies, procedures and systems that align with professional best-practices and legal mandates. The agency must show proof of compliance to these policies and procedures to a team of independent third-party assessors who assess the agency once every three years. The assessors evaluate every level and every corner of the agency to ensure we are in full compliance, and will make a recommendation to the Accreditation Commission based on the agency's adherence to established standards..

There are currently 125 standards, 245 bullets (or sub-standards), or 370 best-practices that Accredited agencies must adopt policy and procedure around, then show proof of compliance. The Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation program is voluntary and is administered by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association. According to PLEAC, "The premier agency status program sets forth guidelines outlining a recognition program to identify the top echelon of agencies in Pennsylvania that have remained committed to state Accreditation. The premier agency status recognizes those agencies that have attained certain longevity in Accreditation, remained committed to a philosophy of excellence, and helps encourage them to sustain this level of commitment." The LBPD was initially Accredited on February 2, 2008.

On Tuesday, January 31, 2023, at the Lititz Borough Council meeting, Chief Jim Adams (ret.), Accreditation Program Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association presented the re-Accreditation and Premier Status recognitions to Mayor Timothy Snyder, Council President Shane Weaver and LBPD Accreditation Manager Sgt. Jared Hahn.

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