The Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation (TLEA) Program has granted re-accreditation status to the Gallatin Police Department.
The department was awarded certification of this achievement during the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police meeting held in Franklin, Tennessee, on April 3,2019.
To achieve accreditation with TLEA, an agency voluntarily submits to a four-year process of enhancing the agency’s professionalism and effectiveness utilizing six state law enforcement standards and participating in a thorough on-site assessment. The standards evaluate an agency’s policies which address a variety of areas including organizational, operational and budget management practices. The program is intended to encourage cooperation, recognize professional standing, develop professional services and ensure public safety throughout the State of Tennessee. The TLEA program is a valuable and cost effective way to enhance overall agency effectiveness and professionalism.
The Gallatin Police Department successfully accomplished TLEA accreditation by meeting criteria that measured the professionalism, organizational, and overall readiness in law enforcement policy and procedures.
“The standard of excellence that is met through this process is to be admired,” Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police President Randy Evans said. “We are proud to recognize the hard work of the Gallatin Police Department, its staff and community leaders.”
Chief of Police Don Bandy expressed his pride in the department’s achievement.
“Accreditation is a great tool to assist in holding ourselves accountable and to demonstrate that we meet the professional standards of modern law enforcement,” Bandy said.
The TLEA program was created under the direction and authority of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, which supports and endorses the continued improvement of law enforcement and emergency communications operations. This program provides a framework for Tennessee law enforcement agencies to have equal access to effective and comprehensive polices that enhance the professionalism of law enforcement and the safety of our communities.
The TLEA Accreditation status represents a significant professional achievement and acknowledges the successful implementation of written directives, policies, and procedures that conceptually sound and operationally effective. It takes commitment, dedication, and hard work from the agency head, agency personnel and community leaders to meet the standards prescribed by the program.