Professional credentialing programs such as Police Certification and Accreditation are effective risk management tools for preventing and reducing loss in professional liability claims. Some of the benefits of participating in such a program are presented below.
The benefits of police certification and accreditation are many and are likely to vary among participating agencies based on the state of the agency when it enters the process. In other words, the benefits will be better known when the agency quantifies the “changes” that it made in agency operations as a direct result of participating in this process to comply with program standards. Generally, these changes involve policy writing, minor facility improvements, and in some cases, equipment purchases. Below are some of the most common program benefits.
Participation in the program:
- Provides a norm for an agency to judge its performance.
- Provides a basis to correct deficiencies before they become a public problem.
- Requires agencies to commit their policies and procedures to writing.
- Promotes accountability among agency personnel.
- Provides a means of independent evaluation of agency operations for quality assurance.
- Enhances the reputation of the agency and promotes public confidence in the agency.