Traverse City Police Receive Honor From Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission

The Traverse City Police Department is getting some unusual recognition. They’ve just received an honor that only 5% of Michigan police agencies have achieved.

The TCPD is one of just 30 departments (of the 600+ agencies) in Michigan to receive the honor from the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. Traverse City opened their books to a thorough review of rules, regulations, and operational policies and procedures. They have met 108 standards for police agencies.

“Policies and procedures drive a professional agency,” said Traverse City Police Chief Jeff O’Brien. “It gives them direction, their guidelines. It’s going to protect the community… It gives transparency to the community.”

The best practices includes things such as establishing a policy that requires officers to intervene in cases of excessive force, and having a policy in place that requires de-escalation of a situation that has the potential to be hostile. Robert Stevenson is the Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. He says, “Many of the things that are being called for around the country in so-called police reform, this department has already done. It already has a policy that requires officers to intervene. It already has a policy that requires de-escalation.”

“A lot of things that people are saying around the country that they want to require police departments to do, the Traverse City Police Department has already done voluntarily,” Stevenson adds.

Neal Rossow is the Director of Professional Development for the MLEAC. He says, “I think the community should have a lot of pride in the organization. because they’re meeting state and national standards.”