MUSKEGON, MICHIGAN - The Muskegon Police Department (City) was awarded accreditation by The Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police's Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Program, proceeding took place at the 8/10/21 City Of Muskegon commissioners meeting.
What is being accredited mean? In short, it means an organization has proven itself as a legitimate establishment in their field while meeting certain standards. The Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Program is a voluntary program hosted by the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police (MACP). There are approximately 580 law enforcement agencies in the State of Michigan. Muskegon Police Department is one of the 38 law enforcement agencies awarded with the accreditation as of 08/10/2021 . Nearby accredited agencies includes Norton Shores Police Department (2020), East Grand Rapids Department of Public Safety (2020), Newaygo Police Department (2021), Rockford Department of Public Safety (2017) and Zeeland Police Department (2021).
Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Program was created in 2016 by the MACP Board of Directors. The attitudes, training and actions of personnel of Michigan’s law enforcement agencies must best reflect compliance with the 108 standards contained in their program in order to be accredited. According to MACP's website, It is a program and process designed to accomplish the following goals:
•To establish and maintain standards that represent current professional law enforcement practices;
•To increase effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of law enforcement services;
•To establish standards that address and reduce liability for the agency and its members.
The Muskegon Police Department led by Public Safety Director and Police Chief Jeff Lewis accepted the certificate of accreditation from MACP President Chief Ronald Wiles of Grand Blanc Township, result with a standing ovation from the city officials and citizens at the commissioners meeting.
Photo courtesy of The City of Muskegon