WARWICK – Mayor Joseph J. Solomon and Colonel Rick J. Rathbun, Chief of Warwick Police, announce that the Warwick Police Department received its eighth Accreditation Award from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The award was approved by the CALEA commissioners based on a report issued by the CALEA Assessment Team. The 85-page report found the Warwick Police Department in compliance with 99% of applicable Mandatory and Other than Mandatory Standards. CALEA is considered to be the gold standard for public safety agencies and represents a commitment to excellence.
“I am very proud to announce this well-deserved re-accreditation. Warwick is fortunate to have a police department that is a model for other agencies, and under Colonel Rathbun’s leadership, we have seen even more positive momentum,” said Mayor Solomon. “The CALEA report highlights the dedication of our officers, their commitment to partnering with our community, and their exceptional efforts in maintaining public safety. It is also worth noting that the report mentions that Warwick Police leadership provides a culture of support for officers. This is a testament to the exemplary command staff of Warwick Police, and their efforts to cultivate the talents of officers rising through the ranks are of benefit to the entire Warwick community.”
The department first received accreditation in 1997 and, along with the Rhode Island State Police, was the second agency in Rhode Island to be accredited and is currently one of the agencies with longest continuous accreditation status. The Warwick Police Department is one of nine municipal agencies and twelve total agencies in the state of Rhode Island that are currently awarded accreditation from CALEA.
This re-accreditation is the Warwick Police Department’s eighth, and it is effective for four years. The re-accreditation comes after an intensive, four-day onsite examination from August 5, 2019 through August 8, 2019 by a three-member, out-of-state assessment team, as well as remote standards assessments that occurred on four separate dates. The assessments examined the department’s policies, procedures, facilities and equipment, record keeping, management practices and service to the public. During the site-based assessment review, the assessment team conducted 49 interviews, both with members of the Warwick Police Department and with members of the community, to confirm standards adherence, effectiveness and intended outcomes. Overall, a total of 459 standards were evaluated, and the Warwick Police Department was determined to be in compliance with 99% of the standards measured.
“This award is a testament to the hard work that is done every day by our department. It shows the commitment of all of our employees to meet the highest standards of excellence as they perform their duties,” said Colonel Rathbun. “I am also thankful to Mayor Joseph Solomon for his support of our department, as well as his unwavering commitment to providing the highest level of safety for our community. Mayor Solomon and I are resolute in our demand to maintain the highest level of professionalism from our police department, which includes maintaining both state and national accreditation.”
The Warwick Police Department is considered a model for other law enforcement agencies throughout the state and is a member of the Rhode Island Police Accreditation Coalition, which provides advice and practical assistance to agencies seeking to earn accreditation.