Town of Beloit police earn recognition

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Gina Duwe
Friday, January 24, 2014

TOWN OF BELOIT--The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group recently recognized the Town of Beloit Police Department as the first agency in the state to comply with the Core Standards Verification Program.

The certification means the department has voluntarily complied with 39 core standards deemed essential to the protection of life, safety and rights of the citizens it serves, Police Chief Steve Kopp said.

“What this means to the citizen is that it provides some assurance that the police department is operating at a professional level, and that has been determined by an outside body,” Kopp said.

The department last year started the process to become fully accredited and was invited to participate in a pilot program for Core Standards Verification. That verification takes 39 of the most critical standards out of the 235 for full accreditation and determines if an agency is compliant. The 39 standards range from the hiring process, disciplinary actions, use of force and high-speed chases, Kopp said.

“It pretty much runs the whole gamut of the standards,” he said. “It's what the board has determined to be the most important of the standards.”  

The department is scheduled for an on-site assessment in October 2015 for accreditation.

The verification is for a period of three years effective Jan. 20.

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