Mayor Chris Beutler recognized the Lincoln Police Department (LPD) for receiving its eighth national accreditation and for being honored as a Gold Standard agency. The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) developed the review process to enhance law enforcement as a profession and to improve law enforcement service delivery.
"Lincoln can be very proud that our Police Department has been nationally accredited since 1989, when it became the first law enforcement agency in Nebraska to achieve that status," Beutler said. "Having an accredited law enforcement agency means that Lincoln residents can be assured that our community's police department meets the highest professional standards in the industry and demonstrates a commitment to professional excellence."
Police Chief Jim Peschong said CALEA uses the leading set of standards in the law enforcement profession to thoroughly examine all the department's policies and procedures. Reaccreditation is a voluntary process, and LPD has successfully completed that process every three years. To qualify for that Gold Standard designation, the on-site assessors had to pass the agency without any concerns or problems.
Lincoln is one of just a handful of communities that has all three of its main public safety agencies nationally accredited. The Emergency Communications/911 Center is also accredited by CALEA, and Lincoln Fire and Rescue is accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.