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Kingsport Police Department lauded for unbroken accreditation

March 30th, 2014 8:13 pm by Staff Report

Kingsport Police Department lauded for unbroken accreditation

Left to right are: CALEA Board Commissioner Stephen DeBenedittis, KPD Sgt. Steve Hammonds, KPD Chief David Quillin and J. Grayson Robinson, retired sheriff and current President of the CALEA Commission. Contributed photo.

On March 22, the Kingsport Police Department's Chief of Police David Quillin and Accreditation Manager Sgt. Steve Hammonds appeared before the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement in Garden Grove, Calif.

At that time the KPD was awarded Meritorious Reaccreditation Status, an award reserved for agencies that have been continuously accredited for 15 years or more.

"Our continuous compliance with the many, many standards set forth demonstrates our commitment to provide professional police service to the citizens of Kingsport," Quillin said in a press release. "I know that both the police department and the community take pride in our partnership with CALEA, which is universally recognized as 'the Gold Standard in Public Safety.'"

There are five general phases in the accreditation process consisting of enrollment, self-assessment, on-site assessment, commission review and decision, and maintaining compliance and reaccreditation.

CALEA accreditation is accomplished through compliance with a broadly recognized body of professional standards. The standards address six major law enforcement areas: role, responsibilities, and relationships with other agencies; organization, management, and administration; personnel administration; law enforcement operations, operational support, and traffic law enforcement; detainee and court-related services; auxiliary and technical services.

KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton says the benefits of CALEA accreditation include greater accountability within the agency, reduced risk and liability exposure, stronger defense against civil litigation, staunch support from government officials, and increased community advocacy.

The KPD was first accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies in 1992, maintaining CALEA accreditation since that time.

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