Florence Police presented reaccreditation award
The Florence Police Department has been awarded state reaccreditation by the South Carolina Law Enforcement Accreditation Council.
Chairman John Tucker and members of the South Carolina Accreditation Council presented Chief Allen Heidler, Captain Mike Brandt and Accreditation Coordinator Katie Schafer with the Florence Police Department’s thee-year state accreditation award.
This marks the fourth time the Florence Police Department has received the State Accreditation Award. The department received the prior State Accreditation Awards in 2011, 2014 and 2017.
“Law enforcement accreditation gives us an outline of best police practices to follow,” said chief Heilder. “Those best practices are provided through 289 professional standards that the Florence Police Department must show proof that we are strictly following. Accreditation improves community trust, reduces the department’s exposure to liability and increases our transparency. It is a voluntary but very challenging process that keeps us at the highest level of law enforcement professionalism and delivery of service.”
City officials applauded the department‘s accomplishment in a press release.
“State accreditation represents a strong commitment to professional excellence. The work displayed in attaining this prestigious award is indicative of strong leadership and strict adherence to standards, as well as demonstrating a commitment to professional standards in policy and practice.”