The Roseville Police Department went through its reaccreditation process with the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police Jan. 5 and 6.

The Roseville Police Department went through its reaccreditation process with the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police Jan. 5 and 6.

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Roseville police reaccredited in best law enforcement practices

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published January 12, 2021


ROSEVILLE — The Roseville Police Department has been reaccredited by the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, which means that it is utilizing practices and procedures determined by law enforcement experts to be the best and most effective.

Officials from the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police visited the Roseville Police Department Jan. 5 and 6 to speak to members of the community in the days leading up to their inspection of the department.

“Accreditation is basically a bunch of standards set by the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police and determines how departments perform the best practices for law enforcement,” explained Roseville Police Chief Ryan Monroe. “These are the best practices people are talking about nationally, and I’m proud to say we are doing these things already.”

The department was first accredited in this way in 2017. This was a reaccreditation to show that the department is still on the right track.

“They check to see if you are following all of these processes by looking at our documentation and investigating our proofs,” Monroe said. “This means looking at photos and videos or checking our administrative procedures, and so forth.”

“Every three years is an accreditation cycle,” added Deputy Chief Mitch Berlin. “It gives us the best practices for training so we know we are making sure our officers are up to date on the latest training and procedures. Accreditation exemplifies what the best police departments stand for, and we want people to know that is what we are aiming to achieve.”

Monroe said this process is important for any industry, and law enforcement is no exception. He said it can be even more important since the ramifications of not following best practices can be dire for police officers, since lives of both the officers and those whom they police can hang in the balance.

“This is a never-ending process that we are constantly working on,” he said. “Any agency has accreditation no matter what industry they’re in. It means you’re striving to be the best in that industry. Law enforcement is no different, and we want to show the people of Roseville we are striving to be the best police department we can be.”

The best practices range from simple clerical efficiency and accuracy to field tactics and arrest procedures.

“There are many of these best practices,” said Monroe. “Our pursuit policies would be one example, so they can make sure our officers are conducting themselves properly in the field. This also includes things like our policies when we make an arrest, ensure there are no instances of abuse of force, that we are constantly upholding civil rights and making sure policies are in place to ensure and protect that. It’s a lot of things.”

While the official accreditation confirmation can take some time, Monroe said his department was informed Jan. 6 that it had passed with flying colors.

“We’re through the process after Jan. 5 and 6,” he said. “We are unofficially reaccredited but the actual approval may take some time, since government as a whole is moving pretty slow right now. It should come in a few weeks, but it could take a few months.”

Both Monroe and Berlin stressed that they want to make sure Roseville residents know that they are receiving the best service possible from their law enforcement officers.

“We want to provide the best services to Roseville citizens, and accreditation is a big part of that,” said Monroe. “We want people to know they can count on their local police.”