ST. CHARLES – The St. Charles Police Department recently received its eighth award of national accreditation, the department announced this week in a news release.
The July 26 recognition – held during the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies conference in Schaumburg – was the culmination of a process that included an on-site inspection of the police department.
In addition to reviewing the department’s policies and procedures, the assessors conducted interviews with department personnel, city officials and community leaders.
The assessors reported their findings to the full commission, who decided whether St. Charles would be granted re-accreditation status at CALEA’s summer conference.
Deputy Chief Steve Huffman, who was the interim chief during the on-site assessment in April, Deputy Chief Dave Kintz and accreditation coordinator Lisa Blackwell provided testimony to the commission at the conference. Chief James Keegan also was in attendance.
“After determining the agency met the requirements for re-accreditation, the commissioners also announced the St. Charles Police Department had been selected by CALEA to receive the Meritorious Award,” the release states.
The Meritorious Award is given to agencies that have participated in CALEA for at least 15 years.
The St. Charles department first achieved accreditation status in 1989, making it one of the first in the state to do so. Re-accreditation is given for three years. During that time, the police department must submit annual reports attesting to compliance with the 482 standards.