West Monroe Police Department renews its accreditation

Published: Jul. 1, 2020 at 12:38 AM CDT
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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE) -The West Monroe Police Department held a public session Tuesday at West Monroe City Hall. The meeting was a part of the process to renew the station’s accreditation. The meeting was open to the public to voice their potential concerns surrounding their safety and the community as well as evaluate officers.

The station was first awarded its accreditation in 1993.

Due to COVID concerns, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies attended the meeting virtually. CALEA is a credentialing authority, based in the United States, whose primary mission is to accredit public safety agencies, namely law enforcement agencies, training academies, communications centers, and campus public safety agencies.

“The criteria for being an accredited police department covers every aspect of law enforcement, it covers everything from crime scene, SWAT, patrol, investigations, administrative things so basically it ensures that the police department is covering a set national standard of procedures in law enforcement,” said West Monroe Chief of Police Jeff Terrell.

He said that receiving the accreditation assures him that they are doing exactly what they are supposed to be doing as they serve their city.

They will be swearing in nine new officers on Thursday, July 2.

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