The Oregon City Police Department was recognized by the State of Oregon as the first Clackamas County Agency to become fully accredited on April 20, 2004. The Oregon Accreditation Alliance reevaluates an accredited agency every three years to ensure the department is following the required policies and procedures. Oregon City Police passed re-accreditation in February 2007, 2010, 2013 and March 2016, March 2019, and most recently December 2022. Accreditation for law enforcement means policies and procedures are in place and are followed by the men and women of our agency. The Oregon Accreditation Alliance which governs accreditation requires a police department to achieve and maintain 100 legal, ethical, and operational standards. In addition, an accredited police agency provides numerous other benefits:
Controlled Liability Insurance Costs
Accredited status makes it easier for agencies to purchase police liability insurance; allows agencies to increase the limit of their insurance coverage more easily and in many cases, results in lower premiums.
Stronger Defense Against Lawsuits & Citizen Complaints
Accredited agencies are better able to defend themselves against lawsuits and citizen complaints. Many agencies report a decline in legal actions against them once they become accredited.
Greater Accountability Within the Agency
Accreditation standards give the Chief Executive Officer a proven management system of written directives, sound training, clearly defined lines of authority, and routine reports that support decision-making and resource allocation.
Support from Government Officials
Accreditation provides objective evidence of an agency's commitment to excellence in leadership, resource management, and service delivery. Government officials are more confident in the agency's ability to operate efficiently and meet community needs.
Increased Community Support
Accreditation embodies the precepts of community-oriented policing. It creates a forum in which police and citizens work together to prevent and control challenges confronting law enforcement and provides clear direction about community expectations.