Quincy PD Seeks Accreditation

In all of the department's years, it has never been accredited, statewide or nationally. Officials are now trying to earn that seal of approval.

Tuesday of this week, officials with the Quincy Police Department met with city officials to discuss the department's accreditation, something it's never had.

Gerald McSwain, Quincy Police Chief, says, "We want the accreditation standards implemented in the new police facility that we're building, so we're looking at two, and have to three years out."

Officials say the lack of accreditation doesn't or hasn't affected job performance, but as far as the benefits to having the seal of approval, civil litigation is drastically reduced, and officers can use the recognition on their resumes when applying for positions in other cities.

OFC Ferman Richardson with the Quincy Police Department says, "It gives us that ranking among the state of Florida and nationally that says to everyone this is a quality department, and for recruitment and training issues, you can't beat it."

MAJ Glynn Beach of the Quincy Police Department adds, "When you're in that organization, you're in there with all those other organizations that have gone through the same procedure, so we are operating off the same sheet of music, if you will."

MAJ Beach says the department will have to meet some 200 standards and have to provide support documentation of its activities, and although it's about a two and half year process, Beach says in the end it will be worth it for the department's 30-plus sworn officers.

If the city approves the department's proposal, officials can apply for accreditation in January. Membership in a law enforcement accreditation program is voluntary.