Salida Police Department Officially Accredited, Earns Professional Standards Compliance Award

The Salida Police Department is proud to announce that they have received accreditation from their peers by earning the Professional Standards Compliance Award, which recognizes outstanding police and sheriff departments throughout Colorado based on 186 established professional standards. Salida Police Command Staff, which includes Chief Terry Clark, Lt. John Hall and Sgt. Russ Johnson, have been working on accreditation for the department for two years. The process for accreditation involved a complete overhaul and revamping of the Salida Police Department’s policy manual. Standards such as ethics, organization, crime prevention, and operations, among others, were verified by an onsite assessment. The Salida Police Department met or exceeded the established standards. The accreditation program is sanctioned by the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the County Sheriffs of Colorado, which represent all local and county law enforcement in Colorado.

The award for accreditation will be presented to Police Chief Terry Clark at the August 19 City Council meeting. According to Chief Terry Clark, the department earned the recognition due to its commitment to provide quality law enforcement services in partnership with the community. There are 232 law enforcement agencies in Colorado and only 46 of these agencies are accredited. Chief Clark said that, “gaining this accreditation shows our commitment to professional standards and policy, and to serving the community in the highest quality possible. We are committed to improving service delivery on an ongoing basis, ensuring a safer community for all.”

The Salida Police Department includes 15 sworn officers and 3 civilian employees and is committed to providing the highest quality police service to the residents, businesses and guests of Salida.

For more information contact the Salida Police Department at 719-530-2603.