TPD re-accreditation results

TOPEKA (KSNT) – Thursday is the last day of a three day re-accreditation review for the Topeka Police Department and they’ve received passing marks.

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies has been carefully watching the Topeka Police Department in action for the past few days.

“I’m very proud of our agency,” Chief James Brown said.

During the debriefing, the department was told it’s functioning well and it will be re-accredited. That’s not to say there isn’t things they should do better.

“When it comes to computer software, a lot of it they track by paper and so that’s something that they need to consider looking into,” CALEA Accreditation Manager Christi Asbe said.

TPD officials say there are only a handful of departments in Kansas that receive this accreditation and only about 5% in the nation.

“It’s always challenging to meet and maintain the highest standards that the profession of law enforcement sets out,” Brown said.

But brown says it’s also equally important to continue showing respect to members of the community.

“And I have been impressed by that, I believe that they strive to be friendly and treat them as a person and I think that that goes a long ways, I think that the whole department has that attitude,” Asbe said.

The department’s accreditation is up for review every three years.

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