Public Safety Message: Riverton Police Department Accreditation Process, Why it Matters

accredidationBy Chief Blair Barfuss

Transparency, increased community engagement, department uniformity, enhanced professionalism and improved training standards are a few of the many topics I have discussed with community members, city elected officials and city staff members, since joining Riverton City Police Department last month.

Police department accreditation through a certified independent accrediting body is one of many ways your Riverton City Police Department will systematically review, implement and validate that we meet or exceed industry standards and best practices for public safety. Doing so ensures transparency, accountability and fiscal responsibility to you, our Riverton City community members. We are proud to announce that Riverton City Police Department has been accepted into the Utah Chiefs of Police Association’s Agency Accreditation Program, and we now moving forward in the process.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) & COPS Office support agency accreditation and recognize the importance of adhering to the highest standards of police policies and operations. Our community benefits when your law enforcement personnel are following standardized policies and procedures that provide efficient, effective and fair policing.

Participation and accreditation through the Utah Chiefs of Police Accreditation Alliance:

  • Provides a norm for an agency to judge its performance.
  • Provides a basis to correct deficiencies before they become a public problem.
  • Requires agencies to commit their policies and procedures to writing.
  • Promotes accountability among agency personnel.
  • Provides a mean of independent evaluation of agency operations for quality assurance.
  • Enhances the reputation of the agency and promotes the public confidence in the agency.

Using the Utah Chiefs of Police Accreditation Alliance to validate over 175 specific department policies, standards and operational procedures, we begin our continued efforts to provide the best public safety possible to our community members. Agency accreditation is only one of many ways we seek to best serve you. Agency accreditation and public safety is a team effort, requiring all of us to work together. If you want to make a recommendation or know of specific ways the police department can better serve our community, please reach out directly to Chief Blair at

For more information, please visit: Accreditation – Utah Chiefs of Police Association

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