The Pasco police are meeting higher standards as an accredited police department, according to the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.
The organization sets more than 200 policy standards for law enforcement agencies to adhere to for the accredited status.
“We only had a few small changes to meet the standards,” said Capt. Ken Roske. “The hard part … was to find proof that we follow them. It was the time-consuming part.”
Pasco City Manager Dave Zabell, Police Chief Bob Metzger and Capt. Jeff Hapster attended a ceremony in Chelan to receive the honor from the association president, Kennewick Police Chief Ken Hohenberg.
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Roske said the process helps a police department operate more efficiently.
“It assures the community, for one, that we are meeting gold standards,” he said. “It’s a validation that the policies we are doing are the best practices.”