Program Participants

Accredited – Certified – Candidate

Altus Police Department
Broken Arrow Police Department
Chickasha Police Department
Claremore Police Department
Comanche Nation Tribal Police
Durant Police Department
Edmond Police Department
Forest Park Police Department
Guthrie Police Department
Hollis Police Department
Jenks Police Department
Miami Police Department
Midwest City Police Department
Norman Police Department
OK Bureau of Narcotics
OKC Community College Police Department
Oklahoma Dentistry Board
OSU Police Department - Stillwater
OSU Police Department - Tulsa
Oklahoma University Police Department
Ponca City Police Department
Purcell Police Department
Shawnee Police Department
Stillwater Police Department
The Village Police Department
Tulsa Public Schools Police Department
Tuttle Police Department
Woodward Police Department

Welcome to OLEAP

Professional Accreditation and Certification

Program Brief  

The Oklahoma Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (OLEAP) was established in 1996 to enhance the law enforcement profession by providing agencies in Oklahoma with an avenue to demonstrate that they meet commonly accepted Standards based on Federal and Oklahoma law, Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) regulations and contemporary best practices. The Program is compatible with Lexipol and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Policies and is endorsed by several professional organizations including the Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group (OMAG), Oklahoma Municipal League (OML), City Managers Association of Oklahoma (CMAO) and CLEET.

Law enforcement executives who seek voluntary accreditation or certification under this Program will have multiple phases of their agency’s operations reviewed as they pertain to Program Standards. They will make conscious decisions about policies, procedures and other written directives and will have implemented those directives and thoroughly trained their employees in their application.

Virtually every professional organization and discipline subscribes to a voluntary accreditation, certification or best practices program. Such programs are designed and operated by peers in the specific profession which is accredited or certified. Accreditation programs in professions such as those in the medical and educational fields serve as the concept for law enforcement programs. As with those widely accepted programs, law enforcement accredited agencies must meet or exceed an established set of professional standards and best practices.

The Oklahoma Law Enforcement Accreditation Program is based on approximately 185 standards and is intended for medium to large size agencies. The Certification Program is designed for small agencies and is comprised of about 45 standards. Certification standards are built on Federal and Oklahoma Law and mandatory CLEET regulations.

The Oklahoma Law Enforcement Accreditation Program is operated as a section of the Oklahoma Association Chiefs of Police (OACP). The daily operations are managed by a State Program Manager who is subordinate to the OACP Executive Director and the OACP Executive Board.

 

Program Benefits

Accreditation or certification offers benefits to the community, the chief law enforcement officer and the agency employees. There are numerous benefits but the most essential are:

  • Provides for quality management
  • Allows for peer review of the agency
  • Provides for agency transparency
  • Provides for agency accountability
  • Provides an opportunity for professional outside interaction
  • Decreased susceptibility to litigation
  • Continual and automatic self-assessment
  • Independent confirmation that the agency meets rigorous professional standards

 

Program Mission

To assist candidate agencies and provide the framework for a voluntary, low cost accreditation/certification program that is comprehensive, obtainable, and based on professional standards that reflect best practices within law enforcement.

 

Program Vision

Every law enforcement agency that desires to attain accreditation or certification will do so.

 

How Does My Agency Learn More about the PROGRAM?

The presentation, Introduction to Law Enforcement Accreditation, provides a comprehensive explanation of the Program, it’s benefits and the process to become and accredited or certified agency. We are pleased to make this CLEET training approved presentation in your community, at the OACP office or other venue.  We highly recommend that the presentation be attended by those who will lead, provide internal and external support or otherwise be involved in the implementation. This obviously include the chief law enforcement officer of the agency but also the person selected to coordinate the process (accreditation manager), bargaining unit representatives, commissioned and civilian representatives, local government management such as city or town manager, county commissioners, mayors, council members, even interested citizens and the media. Our many years of experience strongly indicates that the more internal and external support you garner, the more efficient and effective the process will be.

To schedule a presentation or for more information, contact:            

Jim Spearman, State Program Manager at spearman@theoacp.org or 405-672-1225 Ext. 5

   

In 2001, the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) Board of Directors established an informal Professional Standards Commission to support growth and enhancement of the Program and to train assessors and agency accreditation managers.  In June 2004, the OACP Board of Directors responded to a recommendation to formalize the Commission by adapting By-Laws and increasing the number of Commissioners from four to nine members, with one, two and three-year terms to ensure orderly rotation.  The By-Laws of the newly formed Oklahoma Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (OLEAC) were approved by the OACP Board of Directors in August 2004. The Commission is a decision-making body in matters approved by the OACP Board of Directors. A quorum of Commission members must be present to vote on official business. Although Coalition members are encouraged to attend, the Commission Chair may assemble a meeting of Commission members only.

The Commission became concerned that smaller agencies, of which there are many in Oklahoma, did not have the resources to meet the accreditation Standards. A committee was formed to investigate this concern. In 2007, the Commission developed a tiered program that would recognize smaller agencies that implement written directives that addressed certain high liability issues.

The OLEAC By-Laws included a provision for an Oklahoma Police Accreditation Coalition (OPAC), an informal association of individuals involved in one stage or another of their agency’s accreditation process.  The members are appointed by the Chief Law Enforcement Officer (CLEO) of each eligible agency.  The intention is for appointees to be individuals who have demonstrated support for the Program by acting as agency accreditation managers, assessors or expressing a sincere desire to become knowledgeable about law enforcement accreditation. Additionally, others who have demonstrated knowledge related to law enforcement accreditation and a desire to promote the Program objectives may be appointed to the Coalition as at-large members.

There is no membership fee and the Coalition meets quarterly in conjunction with the Commission. Although Coalition members are encouraged to participate on ad-hoc accreditation committees and contribute in open discussion regarding accreditation issues, they are a non-voting body.

Accreditation or certification offers benefits to the community, the chief law enforcement officer and the agency employees. Some of the general benefits are:

  • Provides for quality management
  • Allows for peer review of the agency
  • Provides for agency transparency
  • Provides for agency accountability
  • Provides an opportunity for professional outside interaction
  • Decreased susceptibility to litigation
  • Continual and automatic self-assessment
  • Independent confirmation that the agency meets rigorous professional standards
  • Continual and automatic self-assessment;
  • Enhanced comprehension of agency policies and procedures;
  • Broadened prospective on part the part of agency employees;
  • Increased public confidence in the agency and services it provides;
  • Enhanced administrative and operational effectiveness;
  • Greater credibility with the governing body;
  • Independent confirmation that the agency meets rigorous professional standards. Benefits to the Community

 Accreditation or Certification increases the law enforcement agency’s ability to prevent and control crime through more effective and efficient delivery of law enforcement services to the community it serves. Accreditation/certification enhances community understanding of the law enforcement agency and its role in the community as well as its goals and objectives. Citizen confidence in the policies and practices of the agency is increased. Accreditation/certification, in conjunction with the philosophy of community policing, commits the agency to a broad range of programs (such as crime prevention) that directly benefit the public. Accreditation/certification creates a forum in which police and citizens work together to control and prevent crime. This partnership will help citizens to understand the challenges that confront law enforcement. Law enforcement will, in turn, receive clear direction from the community about its expectations. Thus, a common set of goals and objectives will be arrived at and implemented.

We understand that smaller agencies may not have the resources to attain accreditation. At the same time it is imperative that even those agencies adopt and implement certain written directives to help protect the agency and its officers from litigation. The Certification Program is designed to encourage smaller agencies to adopt and implement certain critical written directives. This program encompasses Standards that are compliant with Title 11 O.S. § 34-107 and other Oklahoma Statutes that address high liability issues. Certification status represents a significant professional achievement and acknowledges the implementation and compliance of written directives that are conceptually sound and operationally effective.

The Chief Law Enforcement Officer or designee should contact the OACP State Program Manager for information about accreditation meetings, training sessions, coalition, and obtaining the Standards and documents. The candidate agency may want to schedule a presentation to explain details of the process. Accreditation Commission representatives will travel to your community and make a presentation that will explain the Program in detail. The presentation will also include a question and answer portion. When the candidate agency decides to participate, they will complete and submit the Agency Participation Agreement along with the first annual fee. Before signing the Agency Participation Agreement, the CLEO should read the Program Manual and fully understand the conditions of the Agreement clause that states: “I, the undersigned, on behalf of my agency request enrollment in the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Accreditation Program. I have read, understand and agree to comply with the Program participation provisions enumerated in the Program Manual.”