BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - It will be a busy week for the Baton Rouge Police Department as it prepares to graduate its 79th Academy and seek its sixth straight renewal from the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies.
"It's an independent verification by third parties who have no connection to this department whatsoever, to come in and review our operation, our policies and procedures and essentially tell our citizens yes this department is doing what it should be doing we are going to give them a seal of approval," said Lt. Don Kelly.
The approval is based on days of evaluations as assessors go through paperwork, procedures and review police protocol, all in an attempt to determine whether the department is keeping up with standards set by the organization.
"It's over 400 standards that cover every aspect of your operation from investigations, to field operations to your training, administration and your equipment. All of these things are looked at by this commission," added Kelly.
The commission also plans to consider public input on BRPD as part of its review. A community session at the Independence Park Rec Center will give residents and even other law enforcement agencies a chance to put in their two cents on the direction of the department. The department according to Kelly, has remained on track despite plenty of turnover the last fifteen years.
"We're willing to open up our books, our operations and everything we are doing and the fact we've been reaccreditated now for five different cycles and about to be six hopefully says a lot about consistency of department through multiple mayors and chiefs and over time," said Kelly.