WILEAG promotes excellence in law enforcement through participation in a voluntary law enforcement agency accreditation program. Accredited agencies demonstrate compliance by meeting specific criteria and standards
In 2010, the Jackson Police Department was granted accreditation by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group (WILEAG). It was the first Washington County agency, and the smallest in Wisconsin, to earn accreditation.
Over a three-day period. an assessment team examined the department’s policies, procedures, and operations, and concluded that it was in compliance with 195 applicable standards. This process provided quantifiable evidence that the department was following recognized “best practices” in its administrative, patrol, and investigative operations.
Due to limited resources after a major budget cut, we allowed our accreditation to expire on January 1, 2014, although we continued to adhere to the 195 standards.
CORE STANDARDS VERIFICATION
Knowing Chief Dolnick’s interest in a new WILEAG program for smaller agencies, the group invited the Jackson Police Department to be a pilot agency for the new Core Standards Verification Program. The program is similar to full accreditation but focuses on 39 core standards relating to federal and state statutory mandates; requirements arising from case law; inherent issues related to high risk law enforcement operations; and sensitive areas involving community relations. The department successfully completed the program and was recognized by the WILEAG Board of Directors on January 20, 2014.