Displaying Lower Pottsgrove’s pride are, from left, Sgt. Scott Weidenhammer, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro, Chief Michael Foltz, and Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission Chairman William J. Kelly
HARRISBURG PA – Lower Pottsgrove’s Police Department again earned its stripes this week.
During a 104th annual accreditation training conference held Monday through Wednesday (March 27-29) in Harrisburg, the department was presented (above) with its triennial certification of re-accreditation by the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association. The department is now officially recognized, through March 2020, as meeting some of the most stringent guidelines for police operations.
The department first won accreditation in 2014, and must be re-evaluated by the commission every three years.
Accredited agencies must adhere to 133 different standards (except, in the case of Lower Pottsgrove and some other departments, those applying to court security and jail cell blocks), Chief Michael Foltz explained. The list includes evidence management, use of force, policing polices, vetting new officers, internal affairs processes, and others.
Lower Pottsgrove’s force is among only 110 of more than a thousand law enforcement agencies across Pennsylvania that achieved accredited status through the commission, Foltz said proudly. Pennsylvania State Attorney General and former Montgomery County commissioner Josh Shapiro was among those at the conference to watch re-accredited agencies receive their awards.
Foltz took the occasion to publicly commend department Sgt. Scott Weidenhammer for “his diligence in managing this program” as Lower Pottsgrove’s accreditation manager. “His knowledge of and commitment to this program is remarkable,” the chief said.
“All of our members and staff play a significant role in supporting the accreditation process. (It) makes us a more professional agency, and I am proud of their accomplishments,” Foltz added.
Photo from the Lower Pottsgrove Police Department