Idaho Falls, ID – The City of Idaho Falls has received notification from the Idaho Chiefs of Police Association (ICOPA) that the Idaho Falls Police Department has been awarded re-accreditation through the ICOPA Professional Standards Program.
“Our officers do a great job with the resources they have and we are very proud of them for the work they do,” said Mayor Rebecca Casper. “Even with aging facilities that need attention, our officers are out there every day protecting local citizens. This re-accreditation is a testament to the high standards they maintain and the excellent work they do for our entire community.”
The re-accreditation process is a four-phase certification process conducted through formal inspection and audit by the Idaho Chiefs of Police Association Professional Standards Assessment Team. The formal, on-site assessment occurs every three years when an agency is seeking re-accreditation. The IFPD’s on-site assessment occurred on March 22, 2018.
The audit covers over 30 topics, such as the organization of the department, accountability, code of conduct, discipline, performance evaluations, bias-based policing, prisoner search and restraint, use of force, officer involved critical incidents and more.
Chief Bryce Johnson commended the department for their excellence in their work which yielded the positive result. Members of the department have collaboratively created a new mission, vision, and core values and have created or revised several departmental policies, standards and procedures since Johnson took the post last August.
Captain Steve Hunt noted, “This process is a great way to ensure the department’s policies and procedures are aligned with policing best-practices nationwide. We also received extraordinary advice from the ICOPA representatives.”
Chief Johnson pointed out the hard work of Officer David Barker, the department’s dedicated Logistics Officer. Johnson said Barker’s efforts were crucial to the smooth execution of the re-accreditation process.
Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Bud Cranor, or Holly Cook, IFPD Public Information Officer..