The Richmond Police Department soon could be working toward accreditation, RPD Police Chief Larry Brock told the Police Advisory Board during Tuesday’s meeting.

Brock is attending in-service training at the Department of Criminal Justice Training this week and received information about accrediting the department.

“The Kentucky League of Cities has developed a model policies and procedures manual that can be adopted,” Brock told board members.

Developing, re-writing and perfecting policies and procedures is a very “time-consuming and labor-intensive” job, Brock said — which is part of the reason the KLC took on the responsibility. Some of the department’s current policies need to be revised and looked at again, he said.

“Hopefully these will be policies we can use without a great deal of changes and make them work,” Brock said. “We need tight policies if we are going to seek accreditation.”

Police Advisory Board Member Chuck Fields asked what benefits the city and department would see from seeking accreditation. Brock offered several reasons, including liability protection through set standards which could protect the department and city from lawsuits.

“It gives officers best practices to follow on how to handle situations in day-to-day business,” he said.

But more importantly, the city would receive a 10 percent discount on insurance policies insuring the officers and vehicles by accepting the policies and achieving accreditation.

“Ten percent may not sound like a lot, but with all the officers and all the cars, it can become a lot of money,” Brock said.

In other business, the board:

• Introduced the board’s two newest members, legal representative Cory Erdmann and RPD Cpl. Cathy Eaves.

• Heard from Brock regarding staffing issues. Three officers are in the police academy now being trained and four more are scheduled to attend the academy in February, unless class slots become available in January, pending the City Commission approving their hiring.

• Heard information about possible avenues for Spanish language training for all officers.

• Discussed partnering with other boards, groups or organizations with built-in audiences to have joint meetings in an effort to reach more members of the public.

• Canceled January’s meeting because the first Tuesday falls on New Year’s Day. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Police Advisory Board will be conducted at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, in Richmond City Hall.

Kelly Foreman can be reached at kforeman@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.

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