The City of Manchester Police Department has received accreditation from the Missouri Police Chiefs Association. This designation officially recognizes the department for its already existing professional policing. Glenn Eidman, representing the MPCA, presented the accreditation plaque to Police Chief Scott Will during Monday night’s Board of Alderman meeting.
Receiving accreditation has been a three-year process, beginning in 2019. MPCA required Manchester Police to meet 208 quality standards. In addition, MPCA conducted an audit of files and policies, and made on-site visits to inspect facilities and interview staff.
Law enforcement accreditation is the process of adopting and maintaining the highest level of police policies and operations, which are based on a set of nationally recognized standards. Once accredited, the Manchester Police must maintain compliance with the standards by providing proof of compliance to the MPCA. The compliance process has already begun.
While receiving accreditation is a significant achievement for the department, it will not change how its officers operate and interact with the community. The department has already strived to operate in a highly professional manner.