Law Enforcement Accreditation
The Keene Police Department was awarded Accreditation status on March 23, 2013 after completing a successful onsite assessment that took place October 7-9, 2013.
The Department received its award at the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) conference that took place in March, 2013.
This achievement demonstrates the Department’s commitment to providing professional and progressive police services to the community, now and into the future.
Because accreditation must not only be earned, but maintained, it also serves as an ongoing assessment of the department’s performance. To learn more about Law Enforcement Accreditation, visit the CALEA web site at http://www.calea.org
Law Enforcement Recognition
The Keene Police Department enrolled with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) with an immediate purpose to achieve Recognition status and a long term purpose of achieving full Law Enforcement Accreditation. This commitment was made with a belief that this program would improve the management and general operation of the Police Department and subsequently serve the needs of the community more effectively and efficiently.
Accreditation embodies the principles of community-oriented policing. It creates a forum in which law enforcement agencies and citizens work together to prevent and control challenges confronting law enforcement and strives to provide clear direction about community expectations.
As part of this process a series of written directives were reviewed off-site and the Department went through a thorough on-site assessment September 13 -15, 2009. We are proud to announce that on November 21, 2009 the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies awarded Recognition status to the Keene Police Department.
ANNUAL VEHICLE OPERATION REPORTS:
Motor vehicle pursuits are a necessary part of police work. Because of the potential danger involved in pursuits, Department policy requires that a review and analysis of all pursuits involving Keene Police Officers is conducted each calendar year. This is done to evaluate our field performance, compliance with law and policy and to identify trends or training needs that may be missed when looking at pursuits individually. The report for calendar year 2008 was expanded to include a review of accidents involving police vehicles and citizen complaints regarding the operation or parking of police vehicles.
USE OF FORCE:
State law authorizes police officers to use force in the performance of their duties. The State law also requires that no more force be used than is necessary or reasonable to accomplish a lawful task. To track and evaluate when and how Keene Police Officers use force a use of force report is completed whenever force is used by an on-duty police officer and an annual review and analysis of all such reports is conducted each calendar year. This is done to evaluate our field performance, compliance with law and policy and to identify trends or training needs that may be missed when looking at use of force incidents individually.
SUMMARY OF CITIZEN COMPLAINTS:
It is the policy of the Keene Police Department to receive and investigate all complaints alleging member misconduct to determine if the allegations are sustained and, if so, to take appropriate action.
The general procedure is that all complaints against the department or its members will first be referred to the on-duty shift commander. If the complaint falls within the criteria established for a supervisory resolution, the matter should be resolved at the supervisory level. If the complaint falls within the criteria established for an internal investigation, then the supervisor should complete the preliminary steps and forward the complaint to the Police Chief for further action. In all cases, complaints should be resolved as soon as possible at the lowest level possible without compromising the quality of the investigation or resolution.
A statistical summary is compiled each year to provide us with an overview of the nature of and scope of citizen complaints and any trends or special concerns that may become apparent.
POLICE STANDARDS AND TRAINING STUDY:
The New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Council commissioned a comprehensive study and evaluation of Special Operations Units (SOU’s) in the State of New Hampshire. The study was conducted by the National Tactical Officers Association and this report represents their findings, analyses and recommendations.
The review team consisted of Lieutenant Tom Nolan of the Upper Merion Township Police Department in Pennsylvania, Lieutenant Don Kester of the Pima County, Arizona, Sheriff’s Department, Lieutenant Brock Simon, retired, of the Los Angeles County, California, Sheriff’s Department, Captain James Torkar, retired from the Pennsylvania State Police, Captain John Kolman retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and Sergeant Ron McCarthy, retired from the Los Angeles, California, Police Department.