By Danielle Coots
For the News-Current
BEAVERCREEK — Chief Douglas Knight, Commissioner of The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agency (CALEA) presented Beavercreek Chief Evers and the police department with an accreditation of excellence gold standards. This is the department’s 6th consecutive year receiving this award, with the first being in 1999.
“CALEA was created in 1979 when founding organizations such as International Association of Chiefs of Police, The National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives, The National Sheriff’s Association and the Police Executive Research Forum recognized a need within the law enforcement community to develop professional standards to enhance the delivery of police services to the citizens throughout the community,” Knight said.
The accreditation standards have been developed and set by some of the highest respected police professionals in the Midwest. The standards cover a wide range of administrative duties and other standards that are designed to strengthen police standards and the safety of the community.
The Beavercreek Police Department has excelled with high standards of service.
“The certificate itself is just a matted paper within a frame, but it has a much broader symbolic meaning. The certificate clearly represents the agencies effort to achieve accredited status thereby demonstrating its willingness to change in order to effectively address public safety concerns,” Knight said. “It also demonstrates an ongoing dedication to ensuring the agencies resources that are constantly managed to ensure the safety of the community, resident, visitors, workers, customers.”
Beavercreek Chief Dennis Evers thanked all that support the police department, especially during the accreditation process.
“I want to take a moment to thank the men and women in the Beavercreek Police Department because they are the ones that go out every day and deliver a very professional service. I’m very proud of them,” said Chief Evers. “We could not do what we do without the support of the community and volunteers. It’s a collaborative effort that we received this award.”
Danielle Coots is a freelance writer for Greene County News.