Accreditation for law enforcement agencies

through IPSA programs for quality and excellence in policing and through ISO certification for distinguished security agencies

The International Police Science Association (IPSA) is a nonprofit organization, exempt from Federal Income Tax Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, registered in the USA. For more information, visit

IPSA works on the attainment of quality and excellence in policing worldwide through:

1. Improvement of police performance through the World Internal Security and Police Index (WISPI):;
2. Security knowledge management and foundation through the promotion of police sciences like conferences, symposium, and training;
3. Accreditation for law enforcement agencies through IPSA programs for quality & excellence in policing and standard certification for distinguished agencies.

IPSA launched an international award in policing which consists of three categories:

1. Police practices, initiatives, and community relationships
2. Police research and foundation, and developing of police sciences
3. Innovation and creativity in policing

The purpose of IPSA programs for quality & excellence in policing is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence.

Specifically, IPSA goals are to:

- strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities;
- formalize essential management procedures;
- establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices
- improve service delivery
- solidify interagency cooperation and coordination; and
- increase community and staff confidence in the agency.

The IPSA Accreditation Process is a proven modern management model; once implemented, it presents the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), on a continuing basis, with a blueprint that promotes the efficient use of resources and improves service delivery- regardless of the size, geographic location, or functional responsibilities of the agency.

This accreditation program provides public safety agencies an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet an established set of professional standards which:

- require an agency to develop a comprehensive, well thought out, uniform set of written directives. This is one of the most successful methods for reaching, administrative and operational goals, while also providing direction to personnel.
- provide necessary reports and analysis a CEO needs to make fact-based, informed management decisions.
- required preparedness program be put in place- so an agency is ready to address natural or man-made critical incidents.
- are a means for developing or improving upon an agency's relationship with the community.
- strengthen an agency's accountability, both within the agency and the community, through a continuum of standards that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities.
- can limit an agency's liability and risk exposure because it demonstrates that internationally recognized standards for law enforcement have been met, as verified by a team of independent outside IPSA - trained assessors.
- facilitates an agency's pursuit of professional excellence.

Steps in the Accreditation Process

Five General Phases or steps in Accreditation

1. Enrollment
2. Self-Assessment
3. On-Site Assessment
4. Commission Review and Decision
5. Maintaining Compliance and Reaccreditation