Traverse City Police Department Policy Manual
The mission of the Traverse City Police Department is, “Excellence in public service through community policing.” The Department’s policy manual is a direct reflection of its mission. A tenant of community policing is transparency.
In an effort to achieve that goal, the Department has posted its most current policy manual for public view.
The manual itself is a fluid document; changing with technological advancements, best practices and law. The most recent version will be posted on a quarterly basis and is under continual review and revision.
The Department is in the process of accreditation through the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (MLEAC). Accreditation is a progressive and time-proven way of helping law enforcement agencies calculate and improve their overall performance. The foundation of Accreditation lies in the adoption of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives, while ensuring transparency and accountability. Participating agencies conduct a thorough self-analysis to determine how existing operations can be adapted to meet these objectives. When the procedures are in place, a team of trained assessors verifies that applicable standards have been successfully implemented.
Accreditation status represents a significant professional achievement. Accreditation acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective, while reflecting community values and guarding quality of life.
The Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police (MACP) has pursued the concept and development of a voluntary law enforcement accreditation program for Michigan’s law enforcement agencies. This effort has resulted in the formation of the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, consisting of commissioners appointed by the MACP. Personnel from the MACP provide support services to the Commission and to applicant agencies.
The attitudes, training and actions of personnel of Michigan’s accredited law enforcement agencies best reflect compliance with the standards contained in this program. Policy and procedure based on Accreditation will not insure a crime-free environment for citizens, nor will it ensure an absence of litigation against law enforcement agencies and executives. Consistent application and reinforcement of written department directives will strengthen community trust.
However, effective and comprehensive leadership through professionally based policy development is directly influenced by a law enforcement accreditation program that is comprehensive, obtainable and based on standards that reflect professional service delivery. The Commission has established 108 standards with multiple sub-parts that police agencies must address through policy, procedure and directives.
The Traverse City Police Department is on schedule to complete the accreditation process in the spring of 2021.