NEW GARDEN—The Southern Chester County Regional Police Department, under the direction of Chief Gerald Simpson, has been awarded Accredited status by the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (PLEAC).
Very few police departments in Chester County are accredited by the Pennsylvania Chiefs Association. Only the North Coventry, Phoenixville, Upper Uwchlan, East Brandywine, Westtown-East Goshen police departments, along with state police, are accredited. Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven way of helping institutions evaluate and improve their overall performance.
On Jan. 1, 2019, the Public Safety Commission authorized the opening of the Office of Accreditation, staffed by Lt. Joseph F. Greenwalt and Sandy Lutz. The team began their work by creating over 60 department policies that are recognized as “best practice” which adhered to 136 highest acknowledged standards identified by PLEAC. While maintaining efficiency in their primary assignments, our accreditation manager Lt. Greenwalt led the way with the invaluable assistance provided by Sandy Lutz who served as co-manager.
Less than 10% of law enforcement agencies have accredited status in Pennsylvania. SCCRPD now joins six other Chester County law enforcement departments and 120 throughout the Commonwealth. Our reasons for seeking accredited status go beyond prestige, as listed identified by PLEAC:
Police department accreditation establishes a credible framework for evaluating agency practices and procedures, reduces agency risk and exposure to lawsuits, decreases some liability insurance expenditures, improves law enforcement – community relations, increases employee input, interaction and confidence in the agency, enlarges the outlook and viewpoints of managers, officers and employees, identifies and highlights the capabilities and competence of the agency and furnishes a solid foundation for the agency to build upon for further progress.
On August 13, 2020 at 7:30 pm, representatives from PLEAC will present the Southern Chester County Regional Police Department Commission the Certificate of Accreditation at the monthly regular meeting.
Simpson said he is extremely proud of his staff and would also like to acknowledge the efforts of Captain John Campanella, Ret., of Campanella Consultants who was instrumental in aiding the Office of Accreditation in the creation of an aggressive timeline.