The purpose of law enforcement agency accreditation is to professionalize the law enforcement industry by providing a review process for agencies to be certified as operating under industry best practices and standards. In 1976 the Association was directed by the Washington State Legislature to develop standards and goals for Washington State Law Enforcement. The current standards cover more than 125 areas of organization policy and procedure.
As of 2016, only 63 agencies across the State of Washington were accredited, something the City of Camas is proud to have achieved consistently for 17 years.

Benefits of Accreditation

  • To increase public confidence in the agency
  • To increase credibility
  • To provide a systemized agency self-assessment
  • To broaden perspectives
  • To intensify administrative and operational effectiveness
  • To ensure recruitment, selection, and promotion processes are fair and equitable

  • To strengthen understanding of agency policies and procedures by agency personnel
  • To improve agency morale and pride
  • To decrease susceptibility to litigation and costly civil court settlements
  • To potentially reduce liability insurance costs
  • To provide state and local recognition of professional competence

Accreditation Requirement Areas

  • Goals and Objectives
  • Role and Authority
  • Use of Force
  • Management, Staffing, Organization and Utilization of Personnel
  • Records Management
  • Information Technology
  • Unusual Occurrences
  • Health and Safety
  • Fiscal Management


  • Recruitment and Selection
  • Training
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Code of Conduct
  • Internal Affairs
  • Patrol Function
  • Investigative Function
  • Evidence and Property Control Function
  • Prisoner Security