The Dallas Township Police Department (DTPD) received accreditation by the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission on May 31, marking accredited status for the agency from July 7, 2007 to present – the third three-year accreditation for DTPD.
Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven way of helping institutions evaluate and improve their overall performance. A team of independent professionals is assigned to verify that all applicable standards have been successfully implemented. The process culminates with a decision by an authoritative body that the institution is worthy of accreditation.
An on-site review and re-assessment of the Dallas Township Police Department was conducted on May 30 and 31. The assessment team was comprised of three members: team leader was Lieutenant Mark Shannon of the Norristown Police, who was assisted by Officer Rick Finicle of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Police and Lieutenant Richard McGarr of the Lehigh University Police.
The findings of the assessment team were confirmed by the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission on June 26, once again naming the Dallas Township Police an accredited agency. A formal presentation was made that evening at the annual Training and Education Conference of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association Dinner.
Accepting for Dallas Township Police were Chief Robert Jolley, Sergeant Douglas Higgins and Officer Todd Adams.