Edmonds Police Department receives high marks from state assessors
On Sept. 25, four representatives of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) visited the Edmonds Police Department to determine compliance with standards required of accredited law enforcement agencies in the state of Washington.
The Edmonds Police Department received its accreditation award from WASPC in 2009, and must undergo a full assessment every four years to maintain accredited status.
The WASPC Law Enforcement Accreditation process is a lengthy and rigorous audit of a police department’s operations, policies, practices and facilities to assure that all facets are in compliance with the WASPC Accreditation Standards for Law Enforcement, the established best practice standards for law enforcement agencies in this state.
After a day of examining policies, inspecting the department, equipment and operations, and spending time interviewing rank-and-file members, the WASPC assessors found the Edmonds Police Department to be 100 percent in compliance with all of the state accreditation standards.
The WASPC assessment team was very complimentary of the department’s operations, policies and personnel, a spokesman said.
The WASPC accreditation team leader will present the team’s report to the WASPC Accreditation Commission at the WASPC Fall Conference beginning the week of Nov. 18, recommending that the Edmonds Police Department be re-accredited by WASPC through the year 2017.
Chief of Police Al Compaan said, “I’m very proud of our agency and the job we do.
“Each and every employee has an important role in maintaining a high degree of professionalism in our work, and sustaining and building upon the trust granted by our community.
“The results of this assessment are only a confirmation that we are who we say we are, and that we continue to maintain the level of professionalism expected of us.”