Greenwich Police Receive Tier 1 Accreditation from the State of Connecticut

GREENWICH, CT (November 19, 2019) -The State of Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POST-C) voted and awarded the Greenwich Police Department a certificate of compliance with Tier I status for the Connecticut Law Enforcement Accreditation Program. This was a lengthy process that took approximately two years to accomplish. “The Greenwich police department is proud to be accredited and strives to provide high-quality service to the community. This achievement reflects on the professionalism and dedication of the police officers that serve the entire Town of Greenwich.”—Greenwich Police Chief James J. Heavey.

State accreditation is a process through which law enforcement agencies demonstrate excellence in management and service delivery by complying with State Accreditation Standards. As of November 2019, only 39 of the 163 police agencies in Connecticut have achieved accreditation. The State Accreditation program demonstrates that the department operates efficiently and uniformly. 

Possessing accreditation may reduce exposure to civil liability and provides excellent management and service delivery expectations for the community.  It provides recognition that the agency’s managerial and operational policies and procedures are in accordance with a body of professional standards. Accreditation assures the community that its law enforcement agency is committed to providing service of the highest quality and that its policies and procedures are effective, fair, and transparent.  It also ensures the staff is trained and functions according to established policies, procedures, and applicable laws.   

The Connecticut Law Enforcement Accreditation Program consists of 322 standards achievable in three successive tiers.  The process involved a comprehensive internal review of all policies and procedures. Documentation was obtained, providing proof that each standard was met. Several layers of the review were then conducted by an accreditation team of other law enforcement leaders from throughout the State.

The Greenwich Police Department continues to work toward the standards set by the Police Officer Standards and Training Council to reach Tier 3 Standards.  The Department is on track to reach this goal by the end of 2023.

For more information regarding the process and what each tier of standards encompasses, visit the Connecticut State Police Officer Standards and Training Council - Accreditation Division website