Hoquiam Police Chief Jeff Myers attended the fall conference of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs this week, where his department was re-accredited. He issued the following statement:
I am very proud of the members of the Hoquiam Police Department as evidenced by the presentation of our re-accreditation plaque last night.
Every member of the department worked hard over the last four years to demonstrate we follow our policies and procedures which match the best practice standards as outlined in WASPC Accreditation. Our department was first Accredited in 2013.
During the on-site inspection at the end of September, the department was required to fully meet the 132 WASPC standards within the following chapters: Goals and Objectives; Role and Authority; Use of Force; Management, Staffing, Organization and Utilization of Personnel, Records Management, Information Technology; Unusual Occurrences; Health and Safety; Fiscal Management; Recruitment and Selection; Training; Performance Evaluation; Code of Conduct; Internal Affairs; Patrol Functions; Investigative Function; Evidence and Property Control Function; and Prisoner Security.
We passed our re-accreditation inspection with a “clean report”. The Assessors were impressed with our policies, our operations over the last four years and the way the accreditation files were organized. They commented the files were some of the best they have ever seen.
Although the on-site inspection was at the end of September, the final report was reviewed by the Accreditation Commission at the conference this week with the ultimate approval from the WASPC Executive Board. We then received our plaque at the award banquet on Wednesday night.
It was a long journey- but one we take every day as our department lives accreditation. I commend the hard work of Officer Phil High, who as our Accreditation Manager, had to create all the files and secure all the proofs of compliance from the last four years. He accomplished this task while working his regular patrol duties, even while on the graveyard shift.
Our Evidence Room was inspected and found to be in top shape thanks to the work of Officer Gaddis and Sgt. Krohn. Our use of force, arrest procedures, records and all the other aspects of the standards covered during the inspection were on point because of the hard work, day in and day out, of our dedicated staff, plus those who came in on their time off to help us be prepared for the inspection.
I have had the honor to serve as the Chief of Police for the Hoquiam Police Department for 11 ½ years. I am very proud of the men and women of this department and the service they provide to our city every single day. To me, this award is a manifestation of what I see and experience every day at HPD- dedicated professionals proudly working to make a difference in the lives of those we serve.
I am so very proud.
JEFF MYERS, Chief of Police
The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) recognized eight agencies with Accreditation awards at their Fall Training Conference in Chelan Washington on November 15, 2017. The Edmonds, Lynwood, Chehalis, Hoquiam and Sumner Police Departments represent agencies that endured the re-accreditation process which entails compliance with 132 Police Operation standards over the previous four years. The Clallam County Jail and Kent Corrections facility are new accredited jail facilities that were able to show compliance with 148 jail standards. Both Kent and Clallam County are the first two agencies in Washington that are recognized as dual accredited by successfully completing the accreditation requirement for both Police Operations and Jail Management. The University of Washington Police Department was the first agency to complete an affiliate accreditation program, since they are also Nationally Accredited, which involved showing compliance with 50 core standards that are not addressed in the National program and are specific to the state of Washington.
“Those law enforcement agencies that voluntarily elect to pursue WASPC Operations or Jail accreditation are not only seeking organizational excellence by meeting best practices, they are instilling higher levels of discipline and accountability throughout their agency. Accredited agencies are not only actively working to minimize risk through best practices they are moving ahead of non-accredited peer agencies by proving compliance with a rigorous set of standards that sends a powerful message to the community that inspires public confidence and trust” said Chelan County Sheriff Brian Burnett, 2017-18 WASPC President.
The WASPC Accreditation program was started 30 years ago and was one of the first programs of its kind in America. Many other state and national accrediting organizations have modeled their programs after WASPC. The WASPC program requires agency compliance with both operational and administrative standards. Currently there are 54 law enforcement agencies in Washington that are recognized with WASPC Accreditation; 40 of the agencies are city/municipal police agencies, 9 are county sheriff offices, 3 are jails and 2 are state agencies.
The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs was established in 1963 as a non-profit organization that provides training and resources to inform its members and advance law enforcement in the state of Washington. The organization is unique because it brings together both police chiefs and elected sheriffs throughout the state at venues that promote mutual understanding, cooperation and the professionalism of law enforcement.