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Posted on: June 15, 2020

[ARCHIVED] TLEA grants re-accreditation to Bristol TN Police Department


Nashville, TN- The Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation (TLEA) Program is pleased to announce that it has granted re-accreditation status to the Bristol Police Department. This is the 4th TLEA Award for the agency. They were awarded this achievement during the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP) meeting held in Franklin, TN on June 10, 2020.

To achieve accreditation with TLEA, an agency voluntarily submits to a four year process of enhancing the agency’s professionalism and effectiveness utilizing 164 state law enforcement standards and participating in a thorough on-site assessment. The standards evaluate an agency’s policies which address a variety of areas including organizational, operational and budget management practices.  The program is intended to encourage cooperation, recognize professional standing, develop professional services and ensure public safety throughout the State of Tennessee. The TLEA program is a valuable and cost effective way to enhance overall agency effectiveness and professionalism.

The Bristol Police Department successfully accomplished TLEA accreditation by meeting criteria that measured the professionalism, organizational, and overall readiness in law enforcement policy and procedures. “The standard of excellence that is met through this process is to be admired. We are proud to recognize the hard work of the Bristol Police Department, its staff and community leaders,” stated TACP President Richard Hall.

“The men and women of the Bristol Tennessee Police Department are consistently working to provide superior law enforcement services that contribute to the quality of life enjoyed in our community,” said Blaine Wade, Bristol Police Chief. “This accreditation acknowledges that we take our work seriously, that we are continually working to improve, and that we have met ambitious goals that help to make Bristol a good place to live, to work, and to enjoy all our City has to offer.” ­

The TLEA program was created under the direction and authority of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, which supports and endorses the continued improvement of law enforcement and emergency communications operations. This program provides a framework for Tennessee law enforcement agencies to have equal access to effective and comprehensive polices that enhance the professionalism of law enforcement and the safety of our communities.

The TLEA Accreditation status represents a significant professional achievement and acknowledges the successful implementation of written directives, policies, and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective. It takes commitment, dedication, and hard work from the agency head, agency personnel and community leaders to meet the standards prescribed by the program.

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