Release posted August 11, 2016
Photo: (from left) Assistant Paducah Police Chief David White presenting Certificate of Accreditation to 911 Communications Services Department Acting Director Brent Stringer
At the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police (KACP) awards ceremony held Wednesday, August 3 in Bowling Green, Assistant Paducah Police Chief David White formally accepted a Certificate of Accreditation on behalf of the Paducah 911 dispatch center.
In addition to the accreditation program for law enforcement agencies, which the Paducah Police Department is in its third five-year accreditation term, KACP offers a Communications Accreditation Program for dispatch centers. The process requires a dispatch center to demonstrate commonly accepted standards for efficient and effective operations. Furthermore, KACP representatives conduct on-site reviews of records, systems, and dispatch procedures.
911 Communications Services Department Acting Director Brent Stringer says, “This was our first attempt at receiving accreditation for the 911 center. We worked patiently and successfully through the process. We are proud of the recognition by the KACP.”
Paducah Police Chief Brandon Barnhill says, “This accreditation reflects that the agency was carefully measured against an established set of standards and has met or exceeded professionally accepted practices in the profession. Accreditation is a voluntary process that requires a high level of commitment and willingness to improve the agency. Our telecommunicators are the community’s first, first-responders. Day in and day out, they provide an outstanding service with a high degree of dedication to the community they serve.”
According to KACP, communications agencies are an integral piece of the overall public safety picture and warrant a standalone Communications Accreditation Program. This process provides benefits for the communications agencies including a recognized standard for evaluation, excellence, and accountability, the opportunity to detect any potential deficiencies and enhance operations, and the possibility of reducing liability insurance costs.
The accreditation term is four years. For more information about the accreditation process, visit the KACP website.