NLCRPD Receives Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission Accredited Status

The Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department was recently awarded the approval of the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (PLEAC) as an accredited law enforcement agency. This award was presented to Chief David Steffen and the NLCRPD Accredation Manager Sergeant Josh Kilgore at the annual Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Education and Training Conference formal dinner banquet held on July 16, 2019 at the Kalahari Pocono Mountain Resort. Pictured in the image is from left to right, Chief James Adams (Upper Allen Township Police Department) the PLEAC Commission Chair, Chief David Steffen (NLCRPD), Sergeant Josh Kilgore (NLCRPD) and Joseph Blackburn, the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Associations.

The NLCRPD is the only regional police department in Lancaster County to have achieved this performance standard, and joins the Manheim Township, East Lampeter Township, and Lititz Borough police departments as the only accredited Lancaster County municipal law enforcement agencies. The certificate designating the NLCRPD as an accredited agency is on display in the public lobby of the departmental headquarters, and all agency marked patrol vehicles will be displaying the PLEAC seal designating the NLCRPD as an accredited agency.

The NLCRPD was required to meet over 130 policy standards and to provide proofs of compliance with the requirements within the standard. This was achieved by utilization of a software that allows for the development, distribution, and testing of NLCRPD members to assure understanding of the written directives, and the performance expectations for compliance. The ultimate objective of the accreditation program is to advance police professionalism and reduce exposure to liability risks for the agency and the communities we serve.

The Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association introduced the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Program to the Commonwealth in July 2001. Since then, over 300 agencies have enrolled and 116 agencies currently have attained accredited status. Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven way of 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. Participating administrators then conduct a thorough analysis to determine how existing operations can be adapted to meet these objectives. When the procedures are in place, a team of independent professionals is assigned to verify that all applicable standards have been successfully implemented. The process culminates with a decision by an authoritative body that the institution is worthy of accreditation.

The Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Program was designed and developed by professional law enforcement executives to provide a reasonable and cost-effective plan for the professionalization of law enforcement agencies within the Commonwealth.