Spokane Valley Police Department Earns WASPC Re-Accreditation
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce that the Spokane Valley Police Department was re-accredited by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. The Spokane Valley Police Department is a contract agency staffed by Spokane County Sheriff’s Office personnel to provide law enforcement service to the City of Spokane Valley. Accreditation and now re-accreditation are distinctions the Spokane Valley Police Department alone enjoys, since SVPD was the first, and remains the only, contract police agency in the State of Washington to receive accreditation. Sheriff Knezovich stated, “The goal was to have SVPD receive accreditation as a way to ensure the residents of the City of Spokane Valley have a highly trained and professional law enforcement agency.”
The purpose of maintaining a WASPC Accreditation is to ensure the law enforcement agency’s standards, processes, and goals, all meet or exceed law enforcement’s best practices and standards. This review and verification process is conducted every four years by a WASPC Assessment Team.
This year, the Spokane Valley Police Department received re-accreditation after successfully meeting the professional standards as outlined in the WASPC Accreditation Program.
The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office provides professional law enforcement services to the citizens of the City of Spokane Valley as the Spokane Valley Police Department, via contract. This high achievement is due to the dedication of the Spokane Valley Police Department Accreditation Manager, Sergeant Brett Gores, and his team.
Sheriff Knezovich and the assistance of Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Steve Barbieri were instrumental during this lengthy process and successful outcome.
Spokane Valley Police Chief Mark Werner said, “This is really a testament to the great work and dedication to excellence Spokane Valley Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office personnel perform on a daily basis.”
The Spokane Valley Police Department and Spokane County Sheriff’s Office extends our gratitude to our accreditation mentors, Spokane Police Captain Dave Richards, Spokane Police Program Professional Kathy Armstrong, and Gary Drumheller of the Washington State Gambling Commission.