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Meridian Township Police Receives State Accreditation
On December 10, 2019, assessors from the MLEAC came to MTPD to examine all aspects of policies and procedures, operations, facilities, management and support services. The assessors reviewed written materials and interviewed both sworn and non-sworn members of the police department. The assessors found the department to be in full compliance with the 105 standards and recommended MTPD for full accreditation. On February 6, 2020, Police Chief Ken Plaga and Lieutenant Rick Grillo went before the MLEAC Board of Commissioners for the final accreditation hearing. The Board granted full accreditation to MTPD.
“Accreditation results in greater accountability within the organization, a reduced risk of liability exposure, increased community advocacy and more confidence in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and respond to community needs,” said Police Chief Ken Plaga. “Though the initial work is done, this is an ongoing endeavor that we will continuously work on to ensure our community is receiving the excellent service they deserve.”
The Meridian Township Police Department has become one of only 24 agencies in the state to receive accreditation and the first in the Tri-County area. Accreditation is valid for a three-year period during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to their continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.