State group recognizes agency among a handful in Washington County to meet or exceed professional law enforcement standards.

THE TIMES: PETER WONG - Beaverton Police Chief Jim Monger, right, receives the agency's fifth consecutive certificate from the Oregon Accreditation Alliance for meeting numerous professional standards. With him at a City Council meeting June 12 are Michelle Harrold, police management analyst, and Ed Boyd, executive director of the Oregon alliance.A state organization reaffirmed that the Beaverton Police Department has adopted and met numerous professional standards for law enforcement agencies.

Chief Jim Monger received a certificate from the Oregon Accreditation Alliance. This is the fifth consecutive certificate from the alliance, which Beaverton was one of the founding members of back in 2004.

Accreditation is voluntary. An agency must meet 104 standards, consisting of more than 400 requirements, and is reviewed every three years once accreditation is granted. They cover the range from recruitment of officers to their training and performance.

Monger said not only must the standards be in writing, "but we are also actually applying these policies." A police management analyst, Michelle Harrold, oversees that work.

The certificate was presented at the June 12 meeting of the City Council.

According to the alliance website, Beaverton is among 46 accredited agencies, including Sherwood and Tualatin police and the Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency, based in Beaverton and responsible for operation of the emergency radio communications network.

Eleven agencies, among them Tigard and North Plains, are undergoing self-assessment in preparation for accreditation.

Among the board members are Sherwood Police Chief Jeff Groth, Tigard Police Chief Kathy McAlpine, and Laurie Taylor of the Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is one of two in Oregon with a similar certificate from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, based in Virginia, whose international standards are the basis for the Oregon alliance's work. They are separate groups.

Among potential benefits are a reduction in costs of liability insurance for agencies.

Ed Boyd, a former Albany police chief who retired in 2013, is the executive director of the Oregon alliance. He said 35 percent of eligible city police agencies, county sheriffs and emergency communications agencies take part, and 24 percent qualify for accreditation.

"It shows a small select group that has chosen to take this step," Boyd said. "It also takes courage for an organization to take on the accreditation process to begin with."

The process requires the chief executive officer to invite an outside party — even though it is associated with law enforcement — to review all aspects of its operation.

"That by itself, in my opinion shows great transparency, commitment and dedication to excellence," Boyd said.

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