The goal of the Red Bank Police Department is to provide state-of-the-art in-service training that addresses contemporary policing practices and offer contemporary, specialized schools that meet the ever-changing needs of internal and external law enforcement personnel. The objective will be to develop a useful curriculum aimed at specific units within the department and to scrutinize lesson plans for diverse specialized schools to ensure that they meet standards.
The police department is under the rules of the Peace Officer Standards & Training Commission. All full time officers are required to attend forty hours of In-Service Training yearly. Required training consists of Emergency Vehicle Operations, Firearms, and Child Sex Abuse.
The Red Bank Police Department was awarded a Certificate of Accreditation on February 4, 2015 by the Tennessee Association of Chief's of Police for its participation in the Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation Program.
The Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation Program exists to improve the quality of law enforcement agencies in the State of Tennessee and ultimately the quality of services provided to the citizens of Tennessee. The Program was created under the direction and authority of the Tennessee Association Chiefs of Police which supports and endorses the continued improvement of law enforcement and emergency communications services by establishing professional standards of accountability, management, and operations.
What is accreditation?
An accreditation program has long been recognized as a means of maintaining the highest standards of professionalism. Accreditation is the certification by an independent reviewing authority that an entity has met specific requirements and prescribed standards. Schools, universities, and hospitals are some of the most well-known organizations that are required to maintain accreditation. Law enforcement agencies in Tennessee can now attain accredited status through the Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation Program.
The accreditation process requires an in-depth review of every aspect of an agency’s organization, management, operations and administration including:
- Establishment of agency goals and objectives with provisions for periodic updating;
- Re-evaluation of whether agency resources are being used in accord with agency goals, objectives and mission;
- Re-evaluation of agency policies and procedures, especially as documented in the agency’s written directive system;
- Correction of internal deficiencies and inefficiencies before they become public problems;
- The opportunity to re-organize without the appearance of personal attacks.
- The standards provide norms against which agency performance can be measured and monitored over time.
What are the benefits of accreditation?
The benefits of accreditation are many and will vary from agency to agency. The benefits to the community are that accreditation increases the law enforcement agency’s ability to prevent and control crime through more effective and efficient delivery of law enforcement services to the community it serves. Accreditation enhances community understanding of the law enforcement agency and its role in the community as well as its goals and objectives. Citizen confidence in the policies and practices of the agency is increased. Accreditation, in conjunction with the philosophy of community policing, commits an agency to a broad range of programs (such as crime prevention) that directly benefit the public.