Warren Police Department achieves state accreditation

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published October 6, 2021

 Warren is now the largest police department in the state to achieve accreditation through the Michigan Association of Police Chiefs.

Warren is now the largest police department in the state to achieve accreditation through the Michigan Association of Police Chiefs.

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WARREN — The Warren Police Department has become the largest law enforcement agency in the state to achieve accreditation through the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police.

The Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation program covers 105 policies and procedures that Warren’s command team reviewed and updated to meet accreditation best practice standards.

According to a release announcing the achievement, the voluntary process took more than a year to complete and involved an in-depth review of all department operations, policies and procedures. Community feedback was sought and an on-site assessment was also completed before the accreditation commission presented its final report in August. Final accreditation was awarded at the September accreditation conference.

“A thorough review of the files and observations for compliance was conducted,” accreditation team leader Matthew Silverthorn wrote in the Warren Police Department’s on-site final report on Aug. 31. “After interviews were conducted, it was determined that the agency was in compliance with all of the established accreditation standards.”

According to the initial final report, most Warren Police Department compliance issues were resolved during a remote review process over the two weeks prior to the July on-site assessment.

“During this on-site, the agency had two standards of applied discretion,” the report stated.

While Warren does keep records of all firearms and ammunition approved for use on duty and off duty, the department began the process of creating an appendix to its firearms policy to include all authorized makes and models of guns and ammunition calibers.

 Warren also opted to remove roadblock tactics from its list of policies to address a lack of specified training.

At the department’s request, the standard for a reserve/auxiliary officers program was waived by the accreditation program director.

The report noted that an evaluation system within the department was absent prior to a policy issued on July 28, and that due to the “wet ink” nature of the policy, evaluations had yet to be completed.

“Attention should be directed to executing this plan to ensure future compliance occurs,” the report found. “Once the agency is able to provide proof of compliance for the standard, proofs should be forwarded to the Program Director.”

Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said the accreditation process was “an extensive undertaking” led by Professional Standards Capt. William Reichling.

In the release, the department said accreditation would bolster public trust, establish comprehensive leadership, shield the city from lawsuits and make it eligible for state and federal funding.

Accredited departments must undergo annual review to maintain the status and must work to achieve an on-site assessment every three years.

“Obtaining accreditation by MLEAC has been a top priority of mine since I returned as police commissioner,” Dwyer said.

He added, “As commissioner, my goal is to have the Warren Police Department not only meet but exceed all best-case standards and practices. We owe it to the citizens of Warren to provide the best service possible.”