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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Milford Police Department Receives Highest State Accreditation Award

The Police Officer Standards & Training Council awarded the Milford Police Department with a Tier III State Accreditation on September 8, 2011. The department was previously awarded with the Tier I and Tier II State Accreditation earlier this year. The Milford Police Department is one of 19 law enforcement agencies in the state of Connecticut to achieve the highest level of accreditation.
The Milford Police Department, under the command of Chief Keith L. Mello, has chosen to voluntarily seek this highly coveted award to demonstrate to the community a commitment to law enforcement excellence.
Accreditation is for three years, during which time our agency must continue to be in compliance with the standards set forth by Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), under the direction of the Milford Police Department’s accreditation manager.
Accreditation Process
The accreditation process consists of maintaining compliance with professionally recognized law enforcement standards. The Accreditation Manager who oversees, directs and manages over 400 standards on a day-to-day basis conducts this process.
Benefits of Accreditation
There are several benefits of accreditation, which are outlined below: Controlling liability insurance costs
Preparing stronger defenses against lawsuits and citizen complaints Providing an increase in community advocacy
Increasing town government awareness as to how the police department is being managed Symbolizes professionalism, excellence and competence within an agency
Accreditation ensures policies and procedures are in place to guide employees and protect citizens. It also ensures a complete audit of the department every three years.
For more information regarding the accreditation process refer to the state website for the Police Officer Standards and Training Council (


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