In October, 2003, the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC) recognized the Bedford Police Department with the status of "Accredited Agency." This distinguished achievement was a validation of the Bedford Police Department's commitment to professionalism and the community. Every member of the Bedford Police Department played an integral part in the success that is represented in achieving agency accreditation. In November, 2007, the Bedford Police Department was recognized with the status of "Re-Accredited Agency." Our next Re-Accrediation is due by October 31, 2011.
The Value of State Accreditation
State accreditation means that the Bedford Police Department has met or exceeded professional standards set by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission. These standards represent "Best Practices" that are constantly being reviewed, to insure that departments are providing consistent, professional levels of service. The Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission consists of Virginia Sheriffs and Police Chiefs selected for their expertise and knowledge.
Adherence to an acknowledged body of professional standards may help protect an agency against a variety of potential liability problems.