The City of Carbondale Police Department is comprised of 67 sworn officers, 8 telecommunicators, and 16 civilians who serve the city’s population of 25,902. Home to Southern Illinois University Carbondale, our population increases by approximately 20,000 students each semester when classes are in session.
On December 2, 2010, The City of Carbondale Police Department became the fourth agency in the state to become accredited through The Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ILEAP).
The Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ILEAP) has developed rules and regulations establishing an accreditation process that encourages law enforcement agencies to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet the model standards developed by the Illinois Law Enforcement Agency Accreditation Council. The Council consists of an Executive Board appointed by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. The Board is tasked by their respective associations with developing and maintaining a formal accreditation process specific to Illinois law enforcement agencies, including the development of a comprehensive set of professional standards.
The Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program recognizes law enforcement agencies that have applied and met the standards, criteria and regulations developed and established by the ILEAP accreditation body, as accredited. The ILEAP constitutes the first joint effort of this type in the history of the State of Illinois.
The goal of the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program is to make available a framework whereby the Illinois law enforcement community is provided a voluntary, relatively low-cost accreditation program that is comprehensive, obtainable, and based on nationally recognized standards that reflect professional service delivery. This framework incorporates community-policing principles with the goal of building trust in the communities that these departments serve. In developing the program, the Board recognizes the limited financial and work force resources of a great many departments, and has developed standards that would not place an overwhelming demand on those resources.
The Benefits of being accredited through ILEAP include:
- Greater Accountability within the Department–ILEAP Standards give the Chief Executive Officer a proven management system of written directives, sound training, clearly defined lines of authority, and routine reports that support decision-making and resource allocation.
- Reduced risk and liability exposure--Many agencies report a reduction in their liability insurance costs and/or reimbursement of accreditation fees.
- Stronger defense against civil lawsuits--Accredited agencies are better able to defend themselves against civil lawsuits. In addition, many agencies report a decline in legal actions against them, once they become accredited.
- Staunch support from government officials--Accreditation provides objective evidence of an agency's commitment to excellence in leadership, resource management, and service-delivery. Thus, government officials are more confident in the agency's ability to operate efficiently and meet community needs.
- Increased community advocacy--Accreditation embodies the precepts of community-oriented policing. It creates a forum in which law enforcement agencies and citizens work together to prevent and control challenges confronting law enforcement and provides clear direction about community expectations.
The City of Carbondale Police Department is very proud of this accomplishment and is certain that the community will benefit from the hard work it has taken to become ILEAP-accredited. If you have any questions about our status or the accreditation process, please feel free to contact Accreditation Manager Lieutenant Mark Goddard, who will be pleased to share the value of accreditation with you.