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Police Department
August 2, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                  CONTACT:    Lt. Jason Ryan

August 2, 2017                                                                                                       Public Information Officer

(401) 846-1144 x7020




MIDDLETOWN, R.I., On Saturday, July 29, 2017 Chief Anthony M. Pesare, Major Ferenc Karoly, Lt. Jason Ryan, Officer Jean Young and Town Administrator Shawn Brown appeared before a committee from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in Providence, RI.


The committee interviewed the members of the Middletown Police Department’s Accreditation Team regarding the department’s reaccreditation application for Advanced Accreditation through CALEA. The team answered numerous questions regarding the department’s assessment report and inspection conducted in April 2017. After an extensive interview process and a full review of the April 2017 Assessment Report, the committee voted to recommend Advanced Accreditation to the full CALEA Commission for final approval.


That evening a unanimous vote by the Commission awarded the Middletown Police Department the prestigious status of “CALEA Advanced Accreditation”.  This is the second time that the department has achieved advanced accreditation.


Accreditation is an elective process for any law enforcement agency, but less than 5% of law enforcement agencies nationwide are accredited. The CALEA Law Enforcement Advanced Accreditation Program is comprised of 484 standards that departments must meet to ensure they are implementing nationally recognized best practices in law enforcement. The Middletown Police Department is now one of eleven Nationally Accredited Law Enforcement Agencies within the State of Rhode Island, and one of seven to achieve Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation.


The reaccreditation of the Middletown Police Department follows three years of work completed by police and civilian personnel to ensure the department’s standard operating procedures, policies and actions are consistent with CALEA national standards.


The awarding of National Accreditation is a testament to the professionalism and dedication to duty of the men and women of the Middletown Police Department as well as the support of Town Officials and the citizens of Middletown.


Pictured from left to right: Lt. Jason Ryan, Major Ferenc Karoly, Chief Anthony Pesare,

Accreditation Manager Officer Jean Young and Town Administrator Shawn Brown

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