La Crosse Police policies to be assessed in accreditation process

Police Reviewed for Re-Accreditation

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - The La Crosse Police Department is getting a thorough review of its policies and practices.

Starting Tuesday, three assessors from the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group will be visiting the department and reviewing everything from how La Crosse Police conduct their investigations to how patrol officers conduct their stops.

The department was one of the first law enforcement agencies in the state to gain accreditation in 1998 and has been re-accredited every three years since.

Lt. Pat Hogan says the distinction shows the public the department works to do things the right way.

"I think the average person, it's just a way they know that this La Crosse Police Department is trying to become the best it can be and to make sure that we're following the proper procedures, that we have the policies in place and that we're doing everything correctly," said Hogan.

The department will be assessed on 236 different standards as part of the accreditation process. You can find a list of those standards on the department's website.

Members of the public can also give their comments by calling 789-7252 between the hours of 1 P.M. and 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

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