The Ridgefield Police Department Tier II Re-accrediation


The Ridgefield Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment on 7-8-2020 (postponed from 3-23-2020) as part of a program to achieve Tier III re-accreditation by verifying we continue to meet professional standards.

Administered by the Police Officer Standards and Training Council, the state accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state of the art Standards.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments. Comments can be mailed to William E. Tanner, III, POSTC Accreditation Division at 285 Preston Ave. Meriden, Connecticut 06450, by telephone at 203-427-2602, by fax at 203-238-6643 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please enter the name of the agency in the subject line of the email.

Copies of the Standards are available at the Ridgefield Police Department located at 76 East Ridge Rd. Ridgefield, CT 06877. The Accreditation Officer of the Ridgefield Police Department is Sgt. John Knoche, 203-438-6531.

What is State Accreditation?

State accreditation is a process through which law enforcement agencies demonstrate excellence in management and service delivery by complying with State Accreditation Standards. This is a no-cost, voluntary, self-directed process accessible to all Connecticut Departments regardless of their size or resources.

The Connecticut Law Enforcement Accreditation Program consists of 327 standards achievable in three successive tiers:

Tier I, Liability Certification, consists of 126 standards
Tier II, Professional Certification, consists of 83 standards
Tier III, General Management, consists of 118 standards

The State Accreditation program is designed to assist Connecticut law enforcement agencies to operate efficiently and uniformly to reduce exposure to civil liability and provide excellent management and service delivery.

Specifically, the Standards allow agencies to meet the following goals:

• Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities;
• Formalize essential management procedures;
• Establish fair and non-discriminatory personnel practices;
• Improve service delivery;
• Solidify interagency cooperation and coordination; and
• Boost citizen and staff confidence in the agency.


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