Article by W. Clay Crook-
The Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation (TLEA) Program is pleased to announce that it has granted the award of accreditation to the Lexington Police Department. This is the first accreditation award for the department. They were awarded this achievement during the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP) meeting held in Franklin, TN on June 2, 2021.
To achieve accreditation with TLEA, an agency voluntarily submits to a three-year process of enhancing the agency’s professionalism and effectiveness utilizing 164 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 Lexington 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 Lexington Police Department, its staff, and community leaders,” stated TACP President Troy Lane.
“An achievement such as this better prepares law enforcement organizations for not only todays current challenges, but the challenges of the future”, stated Roger Loftin, Lexington Chief of Police. “The Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police and the TLEA program have been an invaluable resource to our agency throughout this three-year process. The TACP provided our organization assistance with professional policy development, recommended best professional practices, and skilled mentorship throughout the process. Without TACP’s assistance, our department’s accreditation efforts would…
For complete coverage, see the June 16th edition of The Lexington Progress.