Moline Police seek public input about department accreditation

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The Moline Police Department is asking the public’s input as part of an assessment for earning a tier two accreditation from the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Council.

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As part of the process, Chief Darren Gault and the accreditation team invite the public to voice their opinions and share their experiences and other information with the accreditation team. Citizens are invited to provide their assessment of the MPD from noon to 1:30 p.m. on June 17.

They also may call 309-524-2113 to speak privately with the representatives from Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ILEAP).

Citizens also can send comments to [email protected]. Those emails will be shared with the assessment team.

The assessment team wants to hear the public’s experiences with the Moline Police. Comments are limited to five minutes, the release said. But citizens should feel confident their opinions will be heard by the on-site team and forwarded to the chief, the MPD news release said.

The MPD obtained tier one accreditation in January 2023.

Assessors on site

ILEAP assessors are officers from peer agencies from across the state. They will conduct on-site assessments of the MPD June 16-18. Those assessors will conduct inspections, file reviews and audits of the department.

They will examine the department to ensure it is worthy of accreditation through the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Council (ILEAP).

The on-site assessment will evaluate policy and procedure against established criteria in 181 professional standards. The standards cover administration, operations, personnel and training.

Once the on-site visit is complete, the assessment team will confer and develop an on-site report. That will be forwarded to the ILEAP Council, the release said. The ILEAP Council will discuss the accreditation team’s findings to determine if the MPD has met the professional standards required for tier two accreditation.

Becoming accredited can reduce liability and save on insurance costs, according to ILEAP.  The IEAP website sad there are 61 agencies in Illinois with tier one status, and just 21 with tier two status. 

Find more information about the ILEAP Standards and Program here.

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