Police Chief Scott Marquardt said he hopes the Milton Police Department’s latest accreditation renewal will instill trust in the department among residents.

“During a time of intense focus on policing in this country, it is important to achieve public trust,” Marquardt said. “Having an independent review body confirm our compliance with our profession’s best practices can help to maintain that trust.”

The department was accredited a second time by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group. The department first received accreditation in 2014.

The three-year accreditation is a voluntary process available to Wisconsin policing agencies.

To be accredited, agencies must meet more than 200 standards in policy and practice.

A team of assessors was in Milton in early October to examine the department’s policies, procedures, management, operations and support services.

Marquardt said he is proud of the men and women in the department.

“It is their work throughout a three-year accreditation period that has once again been recognized. I would like to specifically thank our accreditation manager, Det. Ryan Justice, for his work and dedication monitoring our compliance with the standards,” Marquardt said.

“We will remain committed to excellence during this next three-year cycle and will welcome our next assessment in the fall of 2023.”