COMMERCE CITY — City Council and the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police recognized the Commerce City Police Department last month for achieving state accreditation.
CACP board member and Frederick Chief of Police Gary Barbour presented Commerce City Chief of Police Troy Smith with the department’s accreditation certificate at the Aug. 19 city council meeting.
“Approximately 15 percent of Colorado’s 233 law enforcement agencies are accredited,” Barbour said in his remarks. “This challenging process requires a lot of work and commitment by the entire department.”
The police department had to meet 186 mandatory professional standards and seven optional professional standards to become accredited. On-site, professional assessors verified the department met or exceeded standards, which are generally based upon the professional principles recommended by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.
To maintain this status, Commerce City will undergo a regular review process to ensure the department appropriately reflects new techniques, changes to laws and procedures.
“Being an accredited agency is consistent with our department’s new vision of becoming the standard for excellence in the region,” said Chief Smith. “It identifies Commerce City as an agency that has chosen to act and execute its mission of preventing crime and protecting victims under accepted practices. I’m proud of department employees for making this commitment and embracing our values.”