FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – The South Carolina Police Accreditation Council presented the Florence Police Department with a three-year accreditation following a voluntary May 30 and 31 assessment.
This award is not given to all law enforcement agencies.
The accreditation is handed down after a law enforcement agency shows it excels in four basic areas.
Those areas are policy and procedures, administration, operations and support services.
"You have to have an individual that's committed to the management of accreditation, and ensuring that your agency is doing everything it is supposed to be doing as an accredited agency. It requires gathering proof of compliance to the standards on daily basis," Florence Police Chief Allen Heidler said.
The results of a review of the last three year's files showed a commitment to professionalism and excellence in the delivery of law enforcement services and dedication to being a community-oriented policing agency.
According to the South Carolina Police Accreditation Council website, there are only three law enforcement agencies that are accredited in our area.
Those agencies are the Florence and Conway Police Departments and the Georgetown County Sherriff's Office.
Heilder said this award and accreditation further verifies the forces work in the community.
"This is basically a commitment to the community. This says we are following the best police practices as dictated by the South Carolina Police Accreditation council," Heidler said.
Each agency, given the award must demonstrate excellence in 280 different law enforcement standards.