The Hamilton Police Department received its initial accreditation in 1990 when it became the 139th Internationally Accredited Law Enforcement Agency. This prestigious honor was awarded to the department after an intensive review of departmental policies and practices, which ensured that the agency was in compliance with almost 900 standards promulgated by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. The department has been re-accredited seven times since 1990. The department was re-accredited in 1995, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2012, and 2015.
Only 3% of law enforcement agencies in the United States are accredited. To achieve accreditation, a police department must demonstrate compliance with rigorous standards designed to increase agency effectiveness and efficiency, promote excellence, and increase citizen and employee confidence in the goals, objectives, policies, and practices of the agency.
The accreditation process requires a commitment from all members of the agency.