A boost for Mount Angel PD
Mount Angel Police Chief Mark Daniel was over the moon after receiving some good news from statewide law-enforcement oversight entities.
The Oregon Accreditation Alliance reviewed the Mount Angel Police Department on Aug. 31, and that review led to the department's first-ever accreditation.
"It's great news — it's huge!" Daniel said. "I'm tickled to death because it's a recognition of the hard work everyone is doing and (a testimonial) that we are a real police department serving this community."
Created under the direction and authority of the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police, the Oregon State Sheriff's Association and the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials, the OAA aims to improve quality law enforcement and 911 agencies in Oregon and Alaska.
"The Oregon Accreditation Alliance was established to increase a law enforcement agency's ability to prevent and control crime through more effective and efficient delivery of law enforcement services to the community it serves," said OAA Executive Director Scott Hayes.
Daniel said he made a goal of elevating MAPD to the accredited stature, and that focus picked up steam over much of this past year.
"It's been a goal of mine since I first came to work here almost three years ago," Daniel said. "It's never been accredited before. … It's something I knew would be really important and be a benefit for this organization.
"It wasn't until December of this last year that I felt we were in a position to move ahead with it."
Daniel shared the news with the community via Facebook, noting: "We have been working on this for quite a while, but have been seriously focused on the process since January of this year. Michelle Gooley was the accreditation manager for this endeavor and has been recognized for the way she put everything together.
"Her files are now being used as an example to other agencies, to assist them in attaining their accreditation."
Hayes said the process and application is a boon to the communities that attain it.
"Accreditation enhances the community's understanding of the agency and its role in the community by adhering to an established, uniform set of 'best practices' dealing with life, health, safety and high liability exposures," Hayes said. "The process creates citizen confidence that the agency follows established policies and practices, creates accountability to the community they serve, increases professionalism and controls liability costs."
Daniel agreed, saying accreditation makes MAPD "more defensible."
"It shows that the department is following its own internal policies and the industry's standards. Basically it says that we do what we said we do and are professional and we will be that way in the future," Daniel said.
"The Mount Angel Police Department joins 65 Oregon law enforcement and E911 communication centers involved in the accreditation process," Hayes added. "Every three years, a reassessment is conducted to ensure the agency continues compliance with accreditation standards."
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