The Fairview Township Police Department has received the official certification to remain a Pennsylvania accredited police agency. Fairview Township was one of 35 agencies to be either certified or re-certified on June 26th at the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association conference in Camp Hill.
The Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association first rolled out the accreditation program in 2001. To be an accredited agency, a department must implement and maintain over 130 generally accepted professional police standards. Once every three years, outside evaluators conduct an analysis of the agency’s policies and procedures to make sure those standards are being maintained.
In 2004, the Fairview Township Police Department was one of the first law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania to become accredited. There are over 1,000 police departments in the state, and less than 10% have actually achieved the accreditation status. Since the 2004 initial certification, the police department has been re-certified three additional times.
We would like to recognize the department’s Accreditation Manager, officer Andrew Paul, for the time and hard work he put in to make the program a success, as well as to all of the police officers and civilian staff at the police department for the professional job that they do.