OLEAP

Oklahoma Law Enforcement Accreditation Program

OUR MISSION

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

 

OUR VISION

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

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

        The Oklahoma Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (OLEAP) is intended to provide state, country, campus, tribal and municipal law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma, with an avenue for demonstrating that they meet commonly accepted minimum professional standards and best practices, for efficient and effective delivery of law enforcement services.

The OLEAP  program(s) cover multiple areas of an agencies operations, policies and procedures in three areas that  have high liability: Administrative, Operations, and Personnel.

Other disciplines such as medical and education accreditation programs served as the concept for law enforcement accreditation. As with those widely accepted programs, law enforcement accredited agencies must meet or exceed an established set of professional standards and best practices.

The OLEAP programs are endorsed by the OK Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET), the OK Municipal Assurance Group (OMAG), the OK Municipal League (OML) and the City Managers Association of OK (CMAO).

PROGRAMS WITHIN THE PROGRAM

      The OACP understands that not every law enforcement agency within the State has the staff or resources to attain Accreditation under the OLEAP program.  It is however imperative, that every agency adopt and implement certain directives , standards, policies and procedures that are required by law, to assist and protect the agency and it’s officers from litigation. Based on this premise, OLEAP offers two programs: The Accreditation Program, and the Certification Program.

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PROGRAM COST

      As stated in our Mission Statement, we provide comprehensive programs  at a very low cost to the candidate agency. The initial and annual fee is based on the number of commissioned law enforcement officers and civilian personnel authorized in the agency.

      For additional information regarding these programs, please contact the OLEAP Program Manager David Milnes, at the OK Association of Chiefs of Police. You may request an OLEAP Program Manual that provides  information regarding the standards,  costs and the method of participation for these programs.  Mr. Milnes can be reached at (405) 672-1225 ext, 5, or via email at Milnes@theOACP.org

   For additional information regardining this program, please contact the Program Manager David Milnes with the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police. You can reach him at (405) 672-1225 ext. 5 or via email at Milnes@TheOACP.org .

Application: The accreditation or certification phase begins when the agency informs OACP of their intentions to participate.

Self- Assessment; the agency reviews its policies / procedures to ensure compliance with OLEAP standards. This is the most time consuming portion.

Pre or Mock Assessment: Assessors may review a sample of the agencies policies to ensure the agency is ready for the on-site assessment, or what needs corrected.

On-Site Assessment: An assessment team visits the agency to examine documents, conduct an on-site tour of the agency, and interview employees to determine  compliance with OLEAP standards.

Review and Decision: The assessors submit a report to the OLEAP Committee and the OACP Executive Board, who  issues the accreditation or certification.

The OLEAP Accreditation Program currently consists of 184 standards and is intended for medium to large size agencies. These standards are prescribed by the OK Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission through the OACP. The program is currently in the  5th  Edition of these standards. Law Enforcement Executives / Agencies who seek accreditation under this program will have every phase of their agency’s  operations reviewed as they pertain to the Program Standards.

 

The OLEAP Certification program  is designed for small agencies and currently consists of 44 standards, based on Federal, State and CLEET mandates. This program was designed so these agencies could adopt and implement  policies, procedures and standards in high liability area(s), that are required by law. The program meets the requirements of  OK Statute 11 OS 34-107, “ Cities and Towns Safety and Liability Polices Act,” that requires ALL Municipal Agencies to have policies that address 13 safety and liability issues. This program places the agency in compliance with this statute.

OLEAP  Accreditation and Certification Programs benefit the community, the agency,  agency employees and law enforcement as a whole. These are just some of the benefits of these programs:

 

  • Provides for quality management
  • Automatic / continuous self assessment
  • Provides for Agency transparency, accountability, credibility
  • Written policies, directives and procedures that are available to all personnel
  • Enhanced morale / confidence = better performance / professionalism
  • Decreased susceptibility to litigation
  • Greater confidence and credibility with the public and governing body
  • Officer safety, training and equipment issues
  • Potential saving for insurance premiums, reduction of claims
  • Compatible with IACP, OACP and Lexipol
  • Independent confirmation the agency meets professional / mandated standards

Contact us for additional benefits through OLEAP !

The Chief Law Enforcement Officer or designee should contact the Accreditation Program Manager directly for information regarding the OLEAP presentation, training sessions, the coalition and how to obtain the acreditation and standards policy manual.

Please contact the Program Manager David Milnes with the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police. You can reach him at (405) 672-1225 ext. 5 or via email at Milnes@TheOACP.org .

PROGRAM PHASE

Application: The accreditation or certification phase begins when the agency informs OACP of their intentions to participate.

Self- Assessment; the agency reviews its policies / procedures to ensure compliance with OLEAP standards. This is the most time consuming portion.

Pre or Mock Assessment: Assessors may review a sample of the agencies policies to ensure the agency is ready for the on-site assessment, or what needs corrected.

On-Site Assessment: An assessment team visits the agency to examine documents, conduct an on-site tour of the agency, and interview employees to determine  compliance with OLEAP standards.

Review and Decision: The assessors submit a report to the OLEAP Committee and the OACP Executive Board, who  issues the accreditation or certification.

CERTIFICATION & ACCREDITATION

The OLEAP Accreditation Program currently consists of 184 standards and is intended for medium to large size agencies. These standards are prescribed by the OK Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission through the OACP. The program is currently in the  5th  Edition of these standards. Law Enforcement Executives / Agencies who seek accreditation under this program will have every phase of their agency’s  operations reviewed as they pertain to the Program Standards.

 

The OLEAP Certification program  is designed for small agencies and currently consists of 44 standards, based on Federal, State and CLEET mandates. This program was designed so these agencies could adopt and implement  policies, procedures and standards in high liability area(s), that are required by law. The program meets the requirements of  OK Statute 11 OS 34-107, “ Cities and Towns Safety and Liability Polices Act,” that requires ALL Municipal Agencies to have policies that address 13 safety and liability issues. This program places the agency in compliance with this statute.

BENEFITS

OLEAP  Accreditation and Certification Programs benefit the community, the agency,  agency employees and law enforcement as a whole. These are just some of the benefits of these programs:

 

  • Provides for quality management
  • Automatic / continuous self assessment
  • Provides for Agency transparency, accountability, credibility
  • Written policies, directives and procedures that are available to all personnel
  • Enhanced morale / confidence = better performance / professionalism
  • Decreased susceptibility to litigation
  • Greater confidence and credibility with the public and governing body
  • Officer safety, training and equipment issues
  • Potential saving for insurance premiums, reduction of claims
  • Compatible with IACP, OACP and Lexipol
  • Independent confirmation the agency meets professional / mandated standards

Contact us for additional benefits through OLEAP !

CONTACT OACP

The Chief Law Enforcement Officer or designee should contact the Accreditation Program Manager directly for information regarding the OLEAP presentation, training sessions, the coalition and how to obtain the acreditation and standards policy manual.

Please contact the Program Manager David Milnes with the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police. You can reach him at (405) 672-1225 ext. 5 or via email at Milnes@TheOACP.org .