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TPD Training Academy receives accreditation



TOPEKA, Kan. – The Topeka Police Department Training Academy has received accreditation.

After two long years, the Topeka Police Department says it has finally received accreditation for its Training Academy.

According to TPD, the academy’s accreditation is through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), which is widely accepted as the best standard for public safety agencies.

TPD said it has maintained CALEA agency accreditation since the 1900s. It said it began the process for its Training Academy accreditation in 2018.

According to the department, throughout the accreditation process, CALEA looked at all aspects of its Training Academy’s policies, procedures, management and operations.

“Our accreditation manager, Rachel Pantos, and our Training staff have worked very hard to get us to this point. It is great to see us finally reach this milestone as it shows TPD’s commitment to provide the best training we can for our Officers,” said Lt. Robbie Simmons, Director of TPD’s Training Academy.

TPD said the Training Academy’s accreditation will last for 4 years.