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Accreditation

Oregon State Accreditation Logo  Accreditation is a voluntary commitment to improve the quality of services provided
 to our  citizens by agreeing to conform to a set of standards established by the Oregon  Accreditation Alliance. There are only two accredited agencies in Multnomah County:    Fairview and Troutdale Police Departments.  There are only about thirty (30) police  agencies, state-wide- that are currently accredited. Once accredited, an agency
 must seek  re-accreditation every three years. Chief Johnson serves on the Oregon  Accreditation Alliance Board of Directors. 

The Oregon Accreditation Alliance was formed in April 2001.  It was 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 Alliance mutually supports and endorses the continued improvement of law enforcement and emergency communications services by establishing professional standards of accountability, management, and operations.

The Oregon Accreditation Alliance is governed by the Oregon Accreditation Alliance Board. The Board is composed of representatives from the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police, the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association, and the Oregon Chapter of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials.

BENEFITS OF ACCREDITATION
For the Community 
  • Increases the law enforcement agency’s ability to prevent and control crime through more efficient and effective delivery of services.
  • Enhances community understanding of the law enforcement agency, its role in the community,       and its goals and objectives.
  • Creates a forum in which police and citizens work together to prevent and control crime through greater understanding of the challenges and impacts on law enforcement and the desires of the community.
  • Enhances public confidence in the law enforcement agency.

For the Chief Executive Officer 
  • Increases cooperation and coordination with other law enforcement and criminal justice agencies.
  • Provides independent confirmation that policies comply with professional standards.
  • Provides greater administrative and operational effectiveness.
  • Insures continuous, systemized self-assessment of policies, procedures, and operational practices.
  • Decreases exposure to civil liability and costly settlements, which leads to potential reductions in premiums for liability insurance.
  • Provides state and local acknowledgement of professional competence. 

For Law Enforcement Personnel
  • Enhances understanding of agency policies and procedures.
  • Assures consistent recruitment, selection, and promotion processes and that employment practices are fair, equitable, and non-discriminatory.
  • Increases morale within the agency.
  • Increases pride and confidence in the agency and its operations.
  • Ensures that agency policies and procedures are reduced to writing and available to all personnel.