BRIGHTON — The Brighton Police Department is well on its way to earning its Professional Standards Accreditation through the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police.
CACP Assessors Greg Testa, deputy chief of Boulder Police Department, and Kurt Weiler, Commander at the Boulder Police Department conducted an on-site visit Thursday, Aug. 8, to tour the facility.
Testa said they made stops in different areas of the department such as records, verification of equipment and the detention facilities but that they especially wanted to spot audit the property and evidence department. According to him, the property and evidence department is something that can have a potential downside because there’s a lot of safe keeping property, evidence or stuff for released to keep track of.
“All of the items that we audited were properly packaged, properly sealed and in the location where they needed to be,” he said.
In order to be considered for the accreditation, they have to apply through the CACP, fill out an application and show that they meet approximately two hundred standards before a site visit can be made. During Thursday’s site visit, Testa said it’s evident that Brighton took the process seriously.
Following the assessors visit, Testa and Weiler will type up a letter for Chairman Gary Barbour, Frederick’s Chief of Police, to bring before the board for consideration.
“It’s our recommendation that Brighton get certified and I’ve never seen the board make a decision otherwise,” Testa said.
Capt. Al Sharon said it’s been a long time since Brighton has had accreditation through CACP they decided to apply because it shows the police department has reached a standard of excellence and compliance.
“It shows you meet modern standards on professionalism and operations — all the parts,” he said.
Sharon said Brighton had to revise and update some 600 pages of policies before they were able to begin on the accreditation.