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Cedar Rapids Police Department gains 'gold standard' accreditation

The Cedar Rapids Police Department building in Cedar Rapids. (Cliff Jett/The Gazette)
The Cedar Rapids Police Department building in Cedar Rapids. (Cliff Jett/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids Police Department has gained full advanced accreditation — the “gold standard” from the national accrediting agency.

The accreditation comes from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

It is a voluntary process for public safety agencies and obtaining it represents a commitment to excellence — the gold standard, officials say.

Nearly 700 law enforcement agencies across the country have the accreditation.

The compliance team that visited the Cedar Rapids department reviewed departmental policies and procedures and conducted 56 interviews with police, city officials and members of the public.

The review requires the department meet standards in crime prevention and control, management procedures and service delivery.

The department will be audited annually, with reaccreditation every four years.

“I am extremely proud that the police department achieved their accreditation goals,” City Manager Jeff Pomeranz said. “Accreditation is more than just a designation or an award that a law enforcement agency receives. It enhances the service capabilities and effectiveness of our police department.”

Pomeranz, Mayor Brad Hart, Police Chief Wayne Jerman and others made a formal presentation to the accrediting commission on May 4 in Huntsville, Ala., according to a press release.

“The assessors were particularly impressed with the support of the community and leadership in the city of Cedar Rapids,” Jerman said.

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“The assessors told us that the Cedar Rapids Police Department has some of the best-trained and equipped police officers among several agencies that they had visited.

“This is a testament to the support of the community.”

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