LAKEWOOD, WA - On Saturday, March 27, 2010, the Lakewood Police Department was formally awarded accreditation by the Commission for Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The Lakewood Police Department was recognized for this achievement at the 2010 CALEA Spring Conference in Dallas, TX. Chief Bret Farrar, Assistant Chief Mike Zaro, and Officer Jeff Carroll (the City's accreditation and training officer) were present. LPD is now the first law enforcement agency in Pierce County to receive this distinction and one of only ten agencies in the State of Washington. More information about CALEA can be found at www.CALEA.org.
City Manager Andrew Neiditz remarked "in many states, accreditation is a requirement for local law enforcement agencies as it ensures compliance with high standards of performance that can help reduce liability from legal challenges and lawsuits." Neiditz went on to say "we would not have received this accreditation without the hard work of our police leadership and Officer Carroll in particular. The challenge as we move forward is to maintain this accreditation by making its tenets a part of our day-to-day operations."
Also of note, Assistant Police Chief Mike Zaro graduated from the FBI Academy this month, the first Lakewood Police Officer to attend. The academy is about ten weeks in duration and is internationally recognized for excellence and high standards of professionalism