On Saturday, July 27, 2018, Chief Steve Maynard and Sgt. Kevin Rednour represented the police department at our triennial review for re-accreditation. At the conclusion, the Commission approved the award of Advanced Accreditation with Excellence and the Meritorious Award for the Fairfield Police Department.
Basic accreditation consists of compliance with 188 applicable standards; advanced accreditation requires compliance with 484 applicable standards. The FPD is a Gold Standard agency.
The Accreditation with Excellence Award was created by CALEA as a symbolic incentive for agencies to employ accreditation in a manner that sets the benchmark for public safety professionalism. The award has been structured for the recognition of agencies that have met the following criteria:
- Excellence in the development and implementation of contemporary policies and procedures
- Excellence in the ability to use the process as a tool for continuous organizational improvement
- Excellence in the collection, review, and analysis of organizational data for the purpose of improvement
- Advocacy for accreditation as a strategy for enhancing the professional standing of public safety
- Excellence in addressing the intent of CALEA standards beyond compliance
- Organizational cultural supportive of accreditation
- Standards compliance and accreditation process success
Recipient out of 121 Agencies
Within our review group of 27 agencies, we were one of three agencies receiving an Advanced Accreditation with Excellence Award. The Fairfield Police Department also received the Meritorious Award for fifteen continuous years of accreditation. In total, 121 agencies were reviewed during this conference.
The assessment team concluded in its report to the commission:
"The Fairfield Police Department embraces being a professional organization and living up to law enforcement's best practices. This was evident to the assessment team as it examined the outcomes of the agency's systems and processes, as prescribed by CALEA standards, which have been in place for over fifteen years".