What are the underlying rationales that stand behind the development of law enforcement standards and the accreditation of law enforcement agencies? What are the strengths and the weaknesses of law enforcement agency accreditation? The textbook states that the United States does not have a national police system. Due to this, the rationale that stands behind the development of law enforcement standards was created. There seems to be some minimum standards given by federal and state governments, but there isn’t a systematic approach to their development and enforcement.
The accreditation process is a final approach to the establishment of national standards in policing. Unlike the standards which have been set, the accreditation process is voluntary. As a result, the number of state and local agencies accredited is only about 2 percent. With this process, there are several strengths and weaknesses. Accreditation for any business represents an organization that shows professional self-regulation. Research has been done to prove with accreditation, there comes positive results within the policing environment.
Officers will have to abide by certain rules, the level of misconduct or misrepresentation by police officers should reduce significantly if more organizations were to become accredited. The programs by which these agencies function should improve and officers will be more experienced and more knowledgeable in everyday duties. The text also states, “The major weakness with accreditation is that it is a voluntary process. ” If there aren’t more standards being enforced and developed, the level of conflict amongst policing will increase.
There aren’t penalties for not being accredited, and the process is very expensive. I personally think all agencies should be accredited. It should be mandatory! With more rules and requirements being enforced, employees are likely to perform better in a more ethical way. The American agencies do have some minimum standards which they have to meet, but they only cover a limited amount of issues. Policing may consist of unlimited issues on a daily basis. Local governments should force all agencies to undergo this process.