WEST POINT — The West Point Police Department was awarded accredited status by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC) at the West Point Town Council meeting on Oct. 29.

Chief Emmett Harmon of the James City County PD (representing VLEPSC) and Gary Dillon of the Department of Criminal Justice Services presented the certificate, which now proudly hangs in the front foyer of the police department. Also in attendance to show support of the department and this accomplishment were Sheriff Jeff Walton of King William, Sheriff Wakie Howard and Chief Deputy Joe McLaughlin of New Kent and Retired West Point Police Chief Tom Clark.

Of the nearly 400 law enforcement agencies in Virginia, the West Point Police Department is one of only 89 agencies to become accredited. The Department also has the designation of being the smallest accredited police department in the Commonwealth.

The VLEPSC accreditation program is designed to measure and confirm compliance with the professional standards recognized as the best management practices of the law enforcement community. In Virginia, law enforcement agencies can seek and achieve accredited status but they are not required to do so. This process is completely voluntary which further distinguishes the West Point Police Department for their commitment to professionalism and their willingness to be measured by and compared to the best in the profession.