Horsham Police Department Honored with 4th Accredidation
Posted on Monday October 01, 2012
2012 - The Horsham Township Police Department has maintained its status as an “Accredited Law Enforcement Agency” for the fourth time running.
The Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association developed 133 standards that have to be met by any law enforcement agency within the Commonwealth if the agency desires to become accredited. These standards were designed to help law enforcement agencies reduce liability risk and exposure to lawsuits. The standards are met by having specific policies/procedures in place and showing that these policies/procedures are followed.
The Horsham Township Police Department received accreditation from the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission beginning in 2003. Since then, the Police Department has completed a reassessment in 2006, 2009 and has now maintained their accredited status for another three (3) years. Currently there are only 100 police departments state accredited out of over 1,200 police departments in Pennsylvania.
As the Chief Executive Officer of the department, Chief Robert Ruxton was fully committed and provided all of the resources needed to successfully achieve re-accredited status. Special congratulations to Sergeant Colleen Gerrard for a job well done. Sergeant Gerrard is responsible for keeping current on new legislative law and case law handed down from our courts, reviewing policy, revising policy, writing new policy, training members and assuring departmental compliance. Her exceptional work and dedication to the program has been the catalyst for its success. Chief Robert Ruxton and Sergeant Colleen Gerrard,