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Springfield Township Police Department Earns Eighth Accreditation From The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.
Since 1999, The Springfield Township Police Department has been among the few CALEA accredited police departments in the state of Ohio. Accreditation is the "Gold Standard of Policing" with 188 nationally recognized  standards to uphold.   

The internationally-recognized Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) awarded the Springfield Township Police Department its eighth consecutive accreditation on July 30, 2020. Of the 831 State of Ohio municipal law enforcement agencies, only 42 are CALEA accredited. CALEA accreditation is considered the “Gold Standard” for public safety organizations and is recognized internationally. The Springfield Township Police Department has been a CALEA Accredited police agency since 1999. Accreditation is assessed every four years.

Due to COVID 19, the accreditation process and accreditation ceremony this year was conducted virtually. Springfield Township Trustee Kristie Dukes Davis shared,  "Being accredited has helped to show the citizens we are working at a higher level and in an approved manner by following 188 nationally recognized policing standards." 

The Springfield Township Police Department is staffed by 56 personnel, including 49 full and part-time sworn police officers. As the third largest law enforcement agency in Hamilton County, the department operates a full-service force. Unlike smaller cities and most townships in Ohio, Springfield Township does not contract with the county for service. The department employs, promotes and trains top uniformed patrol officers, detectives, traffic patrol, drug enforcement, school resource officers and K-9 officers.

"The Springfield Township Police Department takes pride, not only in being a law enforcement agency that has worked hard for this accreditation, but also in being an agency that has earned the respect of its community and the people it serves," stated Chief Browder. In its 75-page report, the CALEA assessment team specifically mentioned community interviews conducted, "All comments received from community members were positive and praiseworthy regarding the agency, its practices and its reputation regarding compliance with accreditation standards. A few descriptive words to describe the agency were; conscientious, progressive, well trained, community oriented, responsive and compassionate.”

The CALEA accreditation program involves a comprehensive review of a law enforcement agency's organization, management, operations and administration by a panel of out-of-state assessors. The accreditation process begins with a self-assessment examination by the agency to determine whether it complies with 188 standards. It concludes with an on-site inspection by CALEA assessors and a final review hearing by the commission. Participation in the CALEA accreditation program is voluntary, but successful completion provides a law enforcement agency with a nationally recognized status of excellence and professional achievement.