MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The Monroe Police Department is continuing to work toward becoming an accredited department, a rare distinction awarded to just a handful of agencies in the state.
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies sets the nation's highest standards for law enforcement. Monroe has spent the past three years working toward earning CALEA's stamp of approval.
Sgt. Charles Roark is spearheading the project, which requires reviewing and rewriting every policy and standard operating procedure the department follows to make sure Monroe's police are operating at the highest standards.
The department has completed 40 percent of the written directives in the CALEA manual and is verifying that all the paperwork is complete.