The Fairfax County Police Department received national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, as well a great deal of praise from the commission, at at a hearing on Saturday, July 30. The hearing was attended by Fairfax County police chief Edwin C. Roessler, Jr. and other members from the department.
The formal hearing marked the last step in a process that began in October 2012, when the police department started a self-assessment with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. The self-assessment was a top to bottom analysis of all of the department’s policies and practices, which was conducted to ensure that the department was meeting the best practices set forth by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies’ standards.
According to a press release from the Fairfax County Police Department, the department exceeded the best practices in most cases. The self-assessment was followed by an extensive assessment by experienced assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies in April 2016.
“I am proud to say this department is now among only a few law enforcement agencies across the nation to maintain national accreditation status,” Roessler, Jr. said. For more information, visit fcpdnews.wordpress.com.