The Executive Board of the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission accredited the Harrisonburg Police Department Tuesday, according to a press release from HPD.
The status “provides a helpful framework to ensure accountability by the department as well as protect HPD’s officers by reducing liability,” the release said. “The accreditation process has also sculpted policies and procedures that will best serve the agency, which in turn best serves the Harrisonburg community.”
HPD’s Interim Chief of Police Gabriel Camacho said accreditation was one of the department’s goals that it outlined in its mission statement and that the department was enthused to receive the title.
“Accreditation is in fact detailed in our mission statement goals and objectives, which states that ‘HPD will strive to become an accredited agency,’ today we did it!” Camacho said in the release.
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