Training and Accreditation Program Manager

The Wheat Ridge Police Department's Training and Accreditation Program Manager consists of one civilian coordinator. 

  • Manage, coordinate and implement all aspects of the police department's training and accreditation activities.
  • Coordinate and fund training for all police department personnel.
  • Maintain training history and records for each police department employee.
  • Ensure department compliance with State, P.O.S.T., and CIRSA training and re-certification requirements for police officers.
  • Develop the five weeks of 40-hour annual in-service training for all department personnel.
  • Maintain in-house training and reference materials.
  • Supervise new recruits during police academy training and department orientation.
  • Serve as liaison between the police department and Law Enforcement Training Academy staff.
  • Coordinate and facilitate the New Employee Orientation Program.
  • Equip and outfit all police officers and community services officers.
  • Manage the requests for the repair and replacement of damaged or worn equipment and uniforms.
  • Prepare, document, manage, and track all budgeted funds in the training unit accounts.
  • Update information contained on the Police Department portion of the City website.

CALEA Accreditation

The Wheat Ridge Police Department was awarded law enforcement's most prestigious certification on July 30, 2011 when the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) honored the agency with Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation.
The accreditation of the Wheat Ridge Police Department follows three years worth of work completed by police personnel to ensure the department's standard operating procedures, policies, and actions are consistent with CALEA national standards.

CALEA was created in 1979 to strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities, improve law enforcement service delivery, and increase community and staff confidence in local police departments. The organization does this by maintaining a body of standards developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives, and recognizing professional excellence.

In unanimously awarding accreditation to Wheat Ridge, CALEA officials cited well-defined policies and procedures, the community policing philosophy, and the strength of the department's employees and their commitment to the community as outstanding attributes.

During the self-assessment phase of the accreditation process, the department reviewed all applicable CALEA standards and adjusted its own policies and procedures as necessary. In total, the department complied with 464 CALEA standards. A team of CALEA assessors visited Wheat Ridge in March 2011 to conduct an on-site assessment of all procedures and policies, and review regulation compliance.

The assessors also toured all Wheat Ridge law enforcement facilities, inspected equipment currently in use by the department, and accompanied officers who were patrolling the city to observe public interaction. In addition, WRPD hosted a public forum that was attended by the CALEA representatives, members of the community, and command level law enforcement personnel from throughout the Denver metro area.