The Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation Program announces that it has granted the award of a third accreditation the Chattanooga Police Department. They were awarded this achievement during the Chattanooga City Council meeting held in Chattanooga on last Tuesday.
To achieve accreditation with TLEA, an agency voluntarily submits to a four-year process of enhancing the agency’s professionalism and effectiveness utilizing TN state specific law enforcement standards and participating in a thorough on-site assessment. The standards evaluate an agency’s policies, which address a variety of areas including organizational, operational and budget management practices. The program is intended to encourage
cooperation, recognize professional standing, develop professional services and ensure public safety throughout the State of Tennessee. The TLEA program is a valuable and cost effective way to enhance overall agency effectiveness and professionalism.
The Chattanooga Police Department successfully accomplished TLEA accreditation by meeting criteria that measured the professionalism, organizational and overall readiness in law enforcement policy and procedures.
“The standard of excellence that is met through this process is to be admired. We are proud to recognize the hard work of the Chattanooga Police Department, its staff and community leaders,” stated TACP President Troy Lane.
“This accreditation is not just awarded to the Chattanooga Police Department, but also to the community we serve,” said Chief David Roddy. “I appreciate and value the input from community leaders who worked alongside officers to provide input on policies, hiring practices, and general day-to-day operations to ensure CPD is implementing best practices in law enforcement.”
Officials said, "The TLEA program was created under the direction and authority of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, which supports and endorses the continued improvement of law enforcement and emergency communications operations. This program provides a framework for Tennessee law enforcement agencies to have equal access to effective and comprehensive policies that enhance the professionalism of law enforcement and the safety of our communities.
"The TLEA Accreditation status represents a significant professional achievement and acknowledges the successful implementation of written directives, policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective. It takes commitment, dedication, and hard work from the agency head, agency personnel and community leaders to meet the standards prescribed by the program."