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League Promotes Police Department Certification

At the November 30 General Membership meeting, The League unanimously endorsed the St. Louis Area Police Chiefs Associations (SLAPCA), “Law Enforcement Best Practices Agreement”.

In September of 2016 the League started meeting with SLAPCA to develop a set of best practices for St. Louis area police departments.  The first part of this year, SLAPCA established a subcommittee to work toward developing a policy or set of standards.  The committee was Chaired by Chief Tim Lowery of Florissant.  The committee included chiefs from St. Louis County, St. Charles County, the St. Louis Area City Managers (SLACMA) and the Leageu.

Ultimately, the committee developed the Best Practice Agreement which calls for all police agency to adopt certain polices by January 1, 2019 and to be fully accredited by January 1, 2022 (accreditation is a three year process) as a requirement for membership in SLAPCA.  SLAPCA’s membership includes St. Charles agencies as well and the agreement was unanimously approved by their membership in October.

SLACMA, adopted the agreement earlier this month and the General Membership of the League unanimously endorsed the agreement on November 30.  The motion included compliance with the agreement as a condition of 2017 11 30 SLAPCA Best Practices Finalmembership in the League.