The Romulus Police Department may soon join the elite ranks of those accredited by the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (MLEAC).
The department is currently in the process of attaining the accreditation, according to police officials, “as a commitment to continued improvement and to further protect and serve the residents of Romulus.”
The accreditation process, facilitated by the Michigan Association Chiefs of Police (MACP) and the Michigan Sheriffs' Association (MSA), is a voluntary accreditation program which requires the adoption of rigorous professional standards and a thorough review of all policies, procedures and practices to ensure compliance.
Initial and ongoing assessments are conducted by third-party assessors (MLEAC) and require proof that the police department meets or exceeds those standards in order to earn and keep its accreditation, according to a prepared release.
The primary goals of Accreditation are the establishment and maintenance of the best practices of the profession; building or maintain community trust and bolster confidence in the agency; improving service and limiting liability; establishing fair and professional personnel practices and increasing accountability for all stakeholders
“I appreciate the work of Chief (Robert) Pfannes and the entire police department to continually evaluate and improve our city's law enforcement practices,” said Romulus Mayor LeRoy Burcroff. “We want everyone-residents, businesses and visitors-to be proud of our city's dedication to creating a safe and comfortable place to live, work and play.”
Pfannes said, “We here in Romulus have been fortunate to have a community that supports its police department and a police department that cares about its residents. We intend to maintain that trust and respect through our actions and this is one more positive step in that direction.”
The Romulus Police Department is striving to complete the process and receive accreditation by June of 2021.