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     On 16 of March 2007 Chief Robert Jolley graduated from the FBI National Academy.  The FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders that serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide. It's mission is "to support, promote, and enhance the personal and professional development of law enforcement leaders by preparing them for complex, dynamic, and contemporary challenges through innovative techniques, facilitating excellence in education and research, and forging partnerships throughout the world."

More information on the National Academy

     On July 7th, 2007 Dallas Township Police Department became the first and only police department in Luzerne County to receive an Accreditied Agency status through the PA Chiefs of Police Association PLEAC program; voluntarily complying with the mandated 124 standards for professionalization.

Pictured above:  Sgt. Higgins, Chief Jolley, Ofc. Adams

     Becoming an accredited law enforcement agency was only possible because of the dedication, professionalism and hard work of all members of the Dallas Township Police Department. As the Chief Executive Officer of the department, Chief Jolley was fully committed and provided all the resources needed to successfully achieve accredited status. The accreditation process was fully supported by the Township Supervisors. The police department also received much help and support from other departments throughout the state. As this is an ongoing process, the police department has already started to prepare for re-accreditation in 3 years (July 2010).

What is Accreditation and Why is it Important to Dallas Township?

     Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven way of helping institutions evaluate and improve their overall performance. The cornerstone of this strategy lies in the promulgation of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives. Participating administrators then conduct a thorough analysis to determine how existing operations can be adapted to meet these objectives. When the procedures are in place, a team of independent professionals is assigned to verify that all applicable standards have been successfully implemented. The process culminates with a decision by an authoritative body that the institution is worthy of accreditation.

     The Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Program was designed and developed by professional law enforcement executives to provide a reasonable and cost effective plan for the professionalization of law enforcement agencies within the Commonwealth. The underlying philosophy of the program is to have a user-friendly undertaking for the departments that will result in a “success” oriented outcome.

     Benefits of law enforcement accreditation are:

  • Establishes a credible framework for evaluating agency practices and procedures.

  • Reduces agency risk and exposure to lawsuits.

  • Decreases in professional liability insurance.

  • Improves law enforcement - community relations.

  • Increases employee input, interactions and confidence in the agency.

  • Encourages problem-solving activities within the agency.

  • Develops improved methods for providing services tot he community.

  • Enhances planning and innovative activities by agency personnel.

For more information on the Accreditation Program