About the Arizona Law Enforcement Accreditation Program
Arizona Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ALEAP)
It is the Mission of the Arizona Law Enforcement Accreditation Program to ensure compliance with established standards and a clear statement of professional objectives, which represent current and professional industry-best-practices in the safe, effective, efficient and non-discriminatory delivery of law enforcement services in the State of Arizona.
What is Accreditation?
A systematic method of conducting a detailed internal review of law enforcement agencies policies, procedures, operations and training
A voluntary program to provide public and professional recognition to those agencies who prove independent assessors that they meet or exceed the rigorous standards of the program.
Goals of Accreditation
Formalize essential managemenr procedures for greater accountability
Establish fair and non-discriminatory personnel practices
Improve service delivery to all Arizona communities
Build community trust and confidence in their police department
What are the Standards?
The 175 ALEAP Standards emphasize high-risk, high-liability areas such as:
Role and Authority
Use of Force
Management, Staffing & Utilization of Personnel
Recruitment and Selection of Personnel
Code of Conduct
Internal Affairs / Professional Responsibility
Evidence and Property Control
Policing in Indian Country
Increased ability for the agency to prevent and control crime by following established best-practices
Enhance community understanding of the agency and its role in the community
Increase citizen confidence and understanding of agency policies and procedures
Commits the agency to a broad range of programs that directly benefit the community
Reduced liability exposure for the agency means less tax dollars being diverted to settling vicarious liability suits.
Provides a means of independent evaluation of agency operations
Offers a mechanism for agencies to identify and correct deficiencies in agency operations
Requires agencies commit policies and procedures to writing
Minimizes agency exposure to liability, building a stronger defense against lawsuits by strict adherence to established standards
Promotes accountability among agency personnel
Increased confidence by the community in its police department