The Los Alamos Police Department was recognized by County Manager Harry Burgess Tuesday evening during the County Council meeting for earning Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) National Accreditation.
Burgess said LAPD is one of only three law enforcement agencies in New Mexico to have achieved CALEA Accreditation, which is known as the “gold standard” for accreditation. Burgess commended LAPD as a whole for all the work they put forward to meet 299 required standards and an additional optional 72 standards, ultimately achieving the Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation with 100 percent compliance. He expressed his appreciation for LAPD’s pursuit of the accreditation saying it’s not only about what they are doing now, but also puts into place a mechanism for review going forward.
Police Chief Dino Sgambellone said in response that the Department was able to earn the accreditation for two reasons – first the dedication and professionalism of the men and women of LAPD some of which were standing alongside him. Sgambellone said not the least of those was LAPD Accreditation Manager Sgt. Daniel Roberts who was told by both the mock assessors and the onsite assessors that they recommended the LAPD delay.
“We did not delay and we were able to address their concerns prior to that onsite assessment and as the county manager indicated, we achieved 100 percent compliance with the applicable standards,” Sgambellone said. “The second reason is the support that we have received and continue to receive not only from the county manager but from this Council and from the community at large. We are very appreciative of that and very appreciative of our community collaborations and partnerships. We look forward to the ongoing process as the county manager said and are very proud to be accredited.”
“It also means that we are going to beat the Fire Department at the annual softball game this year,” he joked.