Warren seeks public input during police accreditation process

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published July 28, 2021


WARREN — The Warren Police Department is going through an accreditation process and will be under a verification review by a team of assessors July 28-29.

Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer said assessors with the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, through the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, will be in Warren to examine the department’s policies, procedures, management and support services.  

“Verification by the team that the Warren Police Department meets the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission’s ‘best practice’ standards is part of a voluntary process to achieve accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” Dwyer said.

He added, “This accreditation is something we’ve worked on for the last two years. Accreditation is something that is very important to law enforcement today with the changing times at the federal and state level.”

Dwyer said the department has not been accredited in the past and that it would become one of the largest departments in the state to achieve accreditation, once the process is complete.

As part of the final on-site assessment process, employees and the public are invited to provide comments for the assessment team by phone or email between 10 a.m. and noon on July 28-29. Phone comments can be provided by calling (586) 574-4803. Comments by email can be sent to WPDCon tact@warrenpd.org.

Telephone comments are limited to five minutes and should address the department’s ability to comply with the commission’s standards. There are 105 standards that must be met to achieve accredited status. A copy of the standards manual can be viewed on the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police’s website at www.michiganpolicechiefs.org. Follow the “Accreditation” link to view the standards manual.

Those wishing to offer further written comments about the department’s ability to comply with the standards can email Retired Chief Neal Rossow, manager of the Accreditation Program, at nrossow@michiganpolicechiefs.org. Written comments can be sent to the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, 3474 Alaiedon Parkway Suite 600, Okemos, Mich., 48864.

“The Accreditation Program continues to grow. We currently have 87 agencies in the program and many more looking to begin the process in early 2021,” Rossow wrote in a letter to association members in June. “There have been 34 agencies that have achieved accredited or re-accredited status.”

Dwyer added, “Accreditation results in greater accountability within the agency, reduced risk and liability to exposure, stronger defense against civil lawsuits, increased community advocacy and more confidence in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and respond to community needs.”

Once achieved, accreditation remains valid for three years. During that time, agencies are required to submit reports annually, attesting to their continued compliance with the accredited standards.