Police Department Earns Initial Accreditation from Virginia Law Enfor

Published on October 22, 2019

vlepsc-accreditation.png ARLINGTON, Va. —The Arlington County Police Department has received its Initial Accreditation from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC). The announcement comes following an intensive on-site assessment, which took place in April 2019. Derrick Mays, Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services Program Manager, formally presented the Department's Certificate of Accreditation at Tuesday's Recessed County Board Meeting.

"Our Department takes great pride in serving the residents, businesses and visitors of Arlington County," said Chief M. Jay Farr. "Earning our Initial Accreditation certifies our commitment to the ongoing evaluation of Department policies and practices, as well as our effective and efficient delivery of professional law enforcement services to the community."

During the accreditation process, the Department evaluated all of its policies and procedures and collected more than 500 proofs in order to demonstrate compliance with the standards published in the Virginia Law Enforcement Program Accreditation Manual. In April 2019, a group of VLEPSC assessors conducted an on-site evaluation, examining written directives, proofs, physical facilities, equipment, processes and procedures. The assessors presented their findings to the Commission and recommended that ACPD be granted its Initial Accreditation status.

In 1993, the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police (VACP), the Virginia Sheriff's Association (VSA) and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) jointly established VLEPSC to develop a voluntary accreditation process for Virginia law enforcement agencies.  The Department first enrolled in the VLEPSC accreditation program in April 2016.  The Department's Initial Accreditation is valid for a term of four years, at which point the agency will pursue re-accreditation.