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The Shelton Police Department has successfully achieved accreditation with the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC).

WASPC was founded in 1963, and its members include representatives from local, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies. In 1976, WASPC was directed by the Washington state legislature to develop "standards and goals for Washington state law enforcement."

WASPC brings together both police chiefs and elected sheriffs from throughout Washington state at venues that promote mutual understanding, cooperation and the professionalism of law enforcement.

The accreditation process consists of 8 total phases:
  • Interest and Contract
  • File Maintenance
  • Self-Assessment
  • On-Site Assessment and Evaluation
  • Accreditation Commission Review
  • Executive Board Review
  • Award
  • Re-Accreditation
The Department was judged on 132 specific accreditation standards, encompassing 19 law enforcement areas, such as records management and traffic. The accreditation process requires agency compliance with both operational and administrative standards.

The Department must successfully complete the accreditation every 4 years to achieve reaccreditation. The Department joins 56 other Washington law enforcement agencies in receiving this recognition.