The goal of the Accreditation Office is to research and develop policies and procedures in an effort to adopt a full complement of more than 125 law enforcement "best practices" as determined by the accrediting body, the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police. These "standards" are related to minimum training, hiring practices, operational issues, policy development, documentation, use of force, K9 operations, SWAT operations, evidence storage, communications and many other functions and elements of the department, all of which must pass the rigorous scrutiny of the Accreditation Board.
In essence, the accreditation process culminates in the inspection and evaluation of the department's overall operations. If those practices balance against the established national and state "best practices" models an agency may qualify for the honor of this prestigious endorsement. Those that successfully complete the assessment and earn the distinction as an accredited agency carry with them an official acknowledgement that they have been meticulously examined and professionally recognized by the leaders in the industry as ranking among the "best of the best" law enforcement agencies in the nation.