Edmonds Police Department receives high marks from state assessors
The Edmonds Police Department is in compliance with all State of Washington law enforcement accreditation standards and will be recommended for re-accreditation through the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, the department said in a news release.
The Edmonds Police Department was visited Sept. 25 by four representatives of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC), who conducted an assessment to determine compliance with state standards. The police department received its accreditation award from WASPC in 2009 and must undergo a full assessment every four years to maintain accredited status.
The WASPC Law Enforcement Accreditation process “is a lengthy and rigorous audit of a police department’s operations, policies, practices and facilities to assure that all facets are in compliance with the WASPC Accreditation Standards for Law Enforcement, the established best practice standards for law enforcement agencies in this state,” the news release said.
After a day of examining policies, inspecting the department, equipment and operations and spending time interviewing rank-and-file members, the WASPC assessors found the department was “100 percent in compliance with all of the state accreditation standards. The WASPC assessment team was very complimentary of the department’s operations, policies and personnel,” the release noted.
The WASPC accreditation team leader will present the team’s report to the WASPC Accreditation Commission at the organization’s fall conference beginning the week of Nov. 18, with the recommendation that the department be re-accredited through the year 2017.
“I’m very proud of our agency and the job we do,” Edmonds Police Chief Al Compaan said. “Each and every employee has an important role in maintaining a high degree of professionalism in our work and sustaining and building upon the trust granted by our community. The results of this assessment are only a confirmation that we are who we say we are and that we continue to maintain the level of professionalism expected of us.”