BPD awarded reaccreditation

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BURRILLVILLE – It’s a badge of professionalism that has the added benefit of bringing down insurance rates, and the Burrillville Police Department is one of the first agencies in the state to achieve it for a second time.

The department was awarded reaccreditation this week by the Rhode Island Police Accreditation Commission, a certification acknowledging compliance with the board’s policies and procedures.

Christine Crocker, executive director of RIPAC, said the department’s commitment to maintaining their status as an accredited agency, “demonstrates forward thinking and professionalism.”

“I can tell you that they are well respected throughout the state,” Crocker said of the BPD during a ceremony this week. “It’s a lot of work.”

From left, Glocester Police Chief Joseph Delprete, Burrillville Police Col, Stephen Lynch, Burrillville Police Lt. Jason Eddy and Christine Crocker, executive director of RIPAC acknowledge BPD’s reaccreditation a Wednesday’s Town Council meeting.

Crocker noted the Burrillville Police Department was the 14th out of 39 agencies in Rhode Island to achieve initial accreditation, a voluntary process by which law enforcement officials align their policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services with RIPAC.

For the agency, Crocker said, a first time accreditation is proof the department can “talk the talk.”

“To achieve reaccreditation, you prove you walk the walk,” she said.

Colonel Stephen Lynch noted that BPD’s recent effort was led by Lt. Jason Eddy.

“We owe him a debt of gratitude, and we owe everyone in this department for being able to walk the walk,” said Lynch.

Rhode Island Interlocal Risk Management Trust, the insurer for most law enforcement agencies across the state, considers the award a step toward risk mitigation, and adds on fees ranging from $25,000 to $75,000 for agencies that don’t accreditation.

“For those agencies who have taken the steps, deductibles remain very low,” Crocker said. “You should be very happy and proud of the Burrillville Police Department.”

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