BRPD earned national reaccreditation

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Baton Rouge Mayor-President Kip Holden is crediting Police Chief Carl Dabadie for making sure the police department earned its national re-accreditation this year.

Officials say less than one percent of all police departments across the country meet the standards of accreditation. Chief Dabadie says they have to prove they've met hundreds of standards; it's something he says helps them strive for a level of professionalism that sets them apart from other agencies.

"It facilitates an agencies pursuit of professional excellence with greater accountability with the agency, reduced risk of liability exposure, stronger defense against civil lawsuit, increased community advocacy," said Dabadie.

The department has been able to hold on to its accreditation since 1996, but this year was its best assessment with no corrective information requested.

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