BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — For the sixth time, the Baton Rouge Police Department has been accredited by a national law enforcement organization that bills itself the "gold standard in public safety."
The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1cm4eXt ) the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies reviewed the department's policies and procedures this summer and again gave its coveted stamp of approval.
"Accreditation has become woven into the fabric of the agency," wrote D. Thomas Anderson, the leader of the commission's assessment team, in a report.
East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Kip Holden said a review of the department — in which the assessment team checked for 481 standards — marked the department's best performance since it was first accredited in 1996.
The department was previously re-accredited in 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010.
The voluntary accreditation is among the most sought-after credentials in law enforcement and is achieved by only a fraction of agencies.
"It just makes us above and beyond what most police departments in this country achieve," Police Chief Carl Dabadie said.
"When Chief Dabadie took over as chief, we had some concern over whether we would meet the requirements in the past three-year cycle," Holden said. "It was the quick action he took as provisional chief and the hard work of his accreditation team that earned the Baton Rouge Police Department this continuing honor."
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com