Winchester, Va. - The Winchester Police Department has been granted re-accreditation status by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission.
"You don't gain money or anything extra. It's more that they know that we're basically policing ourselves and that we're holding ourselves accountable and trying to make the best department," said Lieutenant Robert Bower of the Winchester Police Department.
The department was first accredited in 2009, and has since taken measures every year to ensure their continued success.
“Every four years you have an accreditation team that comes in, usually a team of three, and they go through your files. We have 190 files,” said Bower.
In order to receive the status, police and staff must adhere to almost 200 different guidelines.
"I think an accredited agency compared to a non-agency, is an agency that is trying to strive better; that is holding themselves accountable," Bower said.
In Virginia, the Frederick, Warren and Clarke County sheriffs’ offices are also accredited
The Winchester Police Department will be attending an acceptance ceremony next week in Newport News.