November 19, 2012
Attorney General's Criminal Investigations unit receives accreditation
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Linda Kelly commended the agents and staff of the Attorney General's Criminal Investigations unit, who today received accreditation from the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (PLEAC).
"The Attorney General's Office is the top law enforcement agency in Pennsylvania and this thorough review and endorsement highlights the skills, professionalism and dedication of the men and women who handle our criminal investigations," Kelly said.
Kelly explained that the Criminal Investigations portion of the Attorney General's Office includes the Bureau of Narcotics Investigation, Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Bureau of Investigative Services. Together, those bureaus include 273 sworn law enforcement officers and 30 civilian staff members.
Attorney General Kelly accepted the accreditation from PLEAC representatives during a ceremony held earlier today in Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County.
In summarizing their finding, the accreditation team noted the following:
"The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General Criminal Investigations is a highly organized, extremely disciplined and professional law enforcement agency. They provide a high quality and large range of law enforcement services to the citizens of Pennsylvania. They are true professionals."
Kelly said the accreditation process was created to ensure that law enforcement agencies operate in a manner that reflects the best practices and highest standards of the profession.
Additionally, Kelly noted that the Attorney General's Office is one of approximately 80 law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania to successfully complete the accreditation process. The office is also one of the largest agencies in the state to accomplish this goal and is the only accredited law enforcement agency in Pennsylvania that is not a police department.
Kelly thanked the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, who introduced the accreditation program to Pennsylvania in 2001.
"I am pleased that the accreditation team observed and highlighted the quality and commitment of our criminal investigators," Kelly said. "We join our fellow law enforcement agencies and the Chiefs of Police Association in a commitment to providing the best possible service and protection to the citizens of Pennsylvania."