LAPD passes 217 standards for accreditation

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Los Alamos Police Department would be first NM county to earn designation

By Kirsten Laskey

“For me, as a professional, this is probably one of my proudest accomplishments,” Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy told County Councilors during their regular meeting Tuesday night.

Although it is not official yet, the police department completed the New Mexico Law Enforcement Accreditation Program.

The process was held July 6-8 with an assessment team composed of Scott Chambers of the New Mexico Municipal League, Chief Dan Robb of the Belen Police Department, Capitan Gerald Rivera of the Santa Fe Police Department and Lt. Brian Schamber of the Clayton Police Department.

Not only did the police department pass the assessment team’s review, but it passed with flying colors.

Steve Kopelman of the New Mexico Association of Counties said that 217 standards are reviewed and the local police department met every one.

“This is a very important accreditation program for various reasons … the main one is it shows the department is operating at the highest level,” Kopelman said.

The police department is not the only one to benefit from this achievement. Kopelman said this accreditation should bring a reduction of claims.

Another highlight is the Los Alamos County Police Department will be the first county in the state to get accredited.

“We’re really proud of you,” Kopelman said.

To officially receive the accreditation, the final report needs to be submitted to the New Mexico Law Enforcement Professional Standards Council for approval, Robb said.

New Mexico has 29 departments enrolled in the accreditation program, which is a partnership between the New Mexico Association of Counties, the New Mexico Association of Chiefs of Police and the New Mexico Municipal League.

The local police department will be the 10th department in the state to earn accreditation.

It was given two years to meet the standards.