HAGERSTOWN, Md - The Hagerstown Police Department is being nationally recognized for their commitment to provide high quality services and fair, equitable procedures.
The Hagerstown Police Department is one of around 700 law enforcement agencies out of 17,000 in the country to be recognized for their commitment to establishing policies and procedures that adhere to nationally recognized professional standards of law enforcement.
Locally, it's one of 30 Maryland agencies being recognized.
"It's really good for the agency," Captain Paul Kifer, of the Hagerstown Police Department says, "It's even better for the community that we serve because it tells them, and proves to them that we follow national police standards."
To receive the recognition, the department practices self-assessment and assigns officers to review certain policies.
This is done to ensure they are in compliance with 400 standards developed by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, or CALEA.
"It gives a standing to anyone else that's coming to work here, that comes to live here," Captain Kifer says, "They're coming into an area that the police department takes the job seriously enough to go through this very stringent procedure."
Captain Kifer says this is an opportunity for the department to attract potential funds through grants and to draw potential new hires.
This is the 8th time the department is being recognized.