Littleton Police in Compliance with President Biden’s New Executive Order
On Wednesday, May 25, President Biden signed an Executive Order on Advancing Effective, Accountable Policing and Criminal Justice Practices to Enhance Public Trust and Public Safety. The executive order is aimed at reforming federal police practices to enhance public trust by promoting accountability, transparency, and the principles of equality and dignity in policing.
Some key points from the executive order include:
- Requiring federal law enforcement to review and revise policies on the use of force.
- Encourage tightened restrictions on chokeholds and no-knock warrants at the state and local levels.
- Establish new hiring and data collection guidelines.
- Restrict transfer of most military equipment to police departments.
While President Biden’s Executive Order strives to bring awareness to the importance of professional service delivery within the federal law enforcement domain, the issues and concepts denoted in the executive order are already components of the Littleton Police Department’s (LPD) policies and procedures and are consistent with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) accreditation model.
In March, the Littleton Police Department (LPD) was awarded the sixth accreditation from CALEA. Demonstrating LPD’s commitment to professional excellence in policy and practice. Accreditation from CALEA requires that the department meet 366 professional standards based on national best practices. The reaccreditation process takes place every four years and requires an extensive review including a week-long, audit by outside assessors. The agency must demonstrate continual compliance during the full four-year award cycle.
Of approximately 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States, less than 5% are accredited. LPD is one of only 18 Colorado law enforcement agencies that have achieved full accreditation status. CALEA was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement's major executive associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriffs' Association (NSA); and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).