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Accredited Law Enforcement AgencyAccreditation of the University of Kentucky Police

The University of Kentucky Police was first awarded state accreditation by the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police in January 1996 and received its last reaccreditation in 2011.

What does this mean to You?

As a citizen, this is good news! The accreditation program gives the University of Kentucky Police the tools necessary to ensure that all policies and procedures conform to the most up-to-date professional law enforcement standards. State accreditation through the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police (KACP) is not mandatory, but it does reflect the University of Kentucky Police Department's willingness to demonstrate professional excellence to the Lexington community. The overall goal of the accreditation program is to promote professionalism and improve the delivery of law enforcement services.  KACP requires that each agency be reaccredited every 5 years.

Benefits to the Community

  • Provides a means of independent evaluation of the agency operations.
  • Provides a basis to correct deficiencies in the agency's operations before they become public problems.
  • Requires the agency to commit policy and procedures to writing and keep them updated.
  • Provides a norm for agency to judge its performance.
  • Reduces liability insurance costs.
  • Promotes accountability among agency personnel and the evenhanded application of policies.
  • Enhances the reputation of agency, thereby helping to attract the most qualified candidates for employment.
  • Minimizes the agency's exposure to liability, which reduces vicarious liability suits.
  • Builds stronger defense against lawsuits and citizen complaints.
  • Increases community confidence in the police department.
  • Recognition for meeting standards of excellence.

For more information about KACP accreditation, please visit: www.kypolicechiefs.org.

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