RIDGEFIELD, CONN. – The Ridgefield Police Department is preparing to undergo a state assessment in February and is asking for input from the public on whether it meets certain professional standards, such as crime prevention and control.
To achieve Tier III re-accreditation, the police department must meet 116 standards, which are assessed through a no-cost, voluntary, self-directed evaluation process.
The goal of state accreditation, the police department said, is to help local law enforcement agencies not only operate efficiently and uniformly, but to reduce exposure to civil liability and provide better services to the public.
The specific goals are to:
- Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities;
- Formalize essential management procedures;
- Establish fair and non-discriminatory personnel practices;
- Improve service delivery;
- Solidify interagency cooperation and coordination; and
- Boost citizen and staff confidence in the agency.
As part of the assessment process, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments, the police department said.
Comments can be mailed to William E. Tanner, III, POSTC Accreditation Division, 285 Preston Ave., Meriden, Conn. 06450, or can be made by calling (203) 427-2602, or by sending a fax to (203) 238-6643. They can also be sent by email toAccreditation.Compliance@ct.gov.
The name of the agency must be entered in the subject line of the email, the police department said.
Copies of the specific standards are available at the Ridgefield Police Department, 76 East Ridge Rd. Ridgefield, Conn. 06877.
The department’s accreditation officer is Sgt. Larry Clarke. Clarke can be reached at (203) 438-6531.
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