By TAYLOR HARTZ
The Southington Police Department (SPD) has earned a Tier I accreditation from the state’s Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POSTC).
This achievement is the first step in a three-tier review of police standards in the areas of liability, professionalism, and general management.
At a May 12 meeting of the POSTC, the SPD were presented with their Tier I recognition accreditation, which holds police departments accountable for liability standards. According to the POSTC website, this tier is designed to assist police departments with better protecting officers, their department, and the town from liability exposure, and to improve the community’s confidence in the department.
The SPD was required to review the standards required to reach this goal, develop a written policy, document their compliance with the standards, and undergo an assessment by police professionals.
“This is a great honor for the entire department, and it is because of the hard work of all,” said Southington Police Chief Jack Daly, who recognized Captain William Palmieri and Master Sergeant Mike Gallo for their hard work.
“They could not have completed the task without all that helped review, give feedback, and make the policies our own,” said Daly.
Palmieri said the accreditation was earned thanks to collective teamwork with the SPD and Board of Police Commissioners.
“The teamwork displayed during this process is an example of the Southington Police Department’s commitment to delivering services to the Southington community,” said Palmieri.
Daly said the SPD will continue to follow Tier I policies, and will strive to earn accreditation in Tier II Professional Standards and Tier III General Management.