The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group is the governing body for State accreditation in Wisconsin. Accreditation is a process whereby an agency is evaluated on the existence of and its compliance with prescribed standards. Accreditation is a voluntary program that requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services. The program consists of 242 standards, which includes 604 separate dimensions, that incorporate the best police practices. Agencies are evaluated every three years by a team of assessors. The assessment team is composed of law enforcement professionals from other agencies throughout the state. The assessors review written material, interview individuals, receive community input on Department activities, and tour the agency to determine compliance with all of the standards. Accreditation status is granted for three years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with the standards.
Accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. The Waukesha Police Department is one of 40 law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin to have achieved Full Accreditation through the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group. The Waukesha Police Department was first awarded accreditation status in 2011 and has maintained its accredited status since that time. Waukesha Police were awarded re-accreditation status in 2014, 2017, and 2021(postponed from 2020 due to pandemic). We will continue to work to maintain our accreditation status and ensure that we are following the best practices in law enforcement.