Accreditation is the ongoing process whereby agencies evaluate policy and procedure against established criteria, and have compliance with those criteria verified by an independent and authoritative body, The Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Council. The criteria, or standards, are policy development guidelines that represent a level of quality service delivery. The true indicator of compliance, however, lies with an evaluation by trained, independent professional peers. The establishment of meaningful and professional standards and an evaluation for compliance to those standards are, therefore, the two fundamentals of an accreditation program.
In 2014, the Oak Forest Police Department will undergo an on-site assessment by the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program. If the department is approved for accreditation, it will demonstrate our continued endeavor as a professional law enforcement agency.