The Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police Accreditation Program is intended to provide law enforcement agencies of the Commonwealth with an avenue for demonstrating that they meet commonly accepted standards for efficient and effective operations. It is recognized that the standards included in this program do not reflect the maximum amount that can be done by an agency in any one area. They also are not minimum standards. Accreditation is currently measured by over 150 standards.
Law enforcement executives who choose to have their agencies accredited under this program will have examined all aspects of their operations. They will have made conscious decisions about policies and procedures that fit the law enforcement requirements of their jurisdictions and will have implemented those policies and trained their employees in their use.
Accreditation does not reflect that one law enforcement agency provides better law enforcement services to its community than that of a non-accredited agency. What it does reflect is that the accredited agency was carefully measured against an established set of standards and has met or exceeded accepted practices in law enforcement.
The Self Assessment Phase of the accreditation process involves the agency examining its policies and procedures to determine if it is in compliance with the KACP standards. Any changes or modifications of standards are made during this assessment phase. Once compliance has been determined, the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police Professional Standards Committee selects the members of the on site assessment team. An on site inspection for compliance to the standards is then conducted by the assessment team.
The Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills Police Department has fulfilled the Standards of Accreditation and was recognized as an Accredited agency in April 2002. In 2017, the department once again successfully completed the Re-Accreditation process and has received certification for another five years.