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Ridgeland Police Department Earns Re-Accreditation Certificate

Re-Accreditation Certificate 2016The Mississippi Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (MSLEAC) recently issued a 3-year term re-accreditation certificate to the Ridgeland Police Department. This is the culmination of a successful on-site assessment conducted at the department by a team of assessors from the MSLEAC.

MSLEAC commissioners unanimously approved the Ridgeland Police Department for re-accreditation according to a letter from Billy Sollie, chairman MSLEAC and Robert E. Morgan, alliance manager. As stated in the letter dated Feb. 17, 2016, “The professional excellence demonstrated by your department is not only a benefit to the citizens of your community but also serves as a guide to other law enforcement agencies in the state of Mississippi.”

In order to obtain accreditation, the department is required to demonstrate continued compliance with 116 professional standards. Citizens were encouraged through the issuance of a news release to phone or mail in comments as part of the assessment.

Ridgeland Police Chief John Neal said, “The reassurance from the commission that things are being done properly and professionally within the department is a testament to the men and women of the department.”

The standards cover such topics as use of force, training, disciplinary procedures, selection process, promotions, career development, patrol, criminal investigation, pursuits and traffic. Adherence to accreditation standards prompts an agency to strengthen its crime prevention and control capabilities, establish written procedures for essential management functions, maintain fair personnel practices, improve delivery of police services, solidify interagency cooperation and coordination, and boost citizen and staff confidence in the agency.