KPD e-News Release: Recent K.P.D. Reaccreditation Marks Quarter Century of Meeting or Exceeding Nation’s Highest Law Enforcement Standards

Kingsport Police Department

200 Shelby Street • Kingsport, TN 37660

ThomasMPatton • 423-229-9433 (Desk) • 423-224-2786 (FAX)

SUBJECT: Recent K.P.D. Reaccreditation Marks Quarter Century of Meeting or Exceeding Nation’s Highest Law Enforcement Standards
DATE: March 30, 2017
On Saturday, March 25, 2017, the Kingsport Police Department’s Chief of Police, David Quillin, Professional Standards Unit Supervisor, Lieutenant Chris Tincher, and Accreditation Manager, Sergeant Glenn Cradic, appeared before the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in Mobile, Alabama where K.P.D. received “Meritorious Advanced Gold Standard with Excellence Reaccreditation,” an award reserved for agencies that have been continuously accredited for 25 years or more.

The Kingsport Police Department has now been successfully through the accreditation process a total of eight times. First accredited through CALEA in 1992, the department has since maintained accreditation for a quarter century, having been reaccredited in 1997, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011, and 2014.

Chief Quillin issued the following statement regarding this most recent reaccreditation: “CALEA Accreditation continues to give the Kingsport Police Department the ability to hold our facilities, our policies, our individual officers, and our department as a whole to the absolute highest standards of professional law enforcement services. I am confident that both the Kingsport Police Department and the community it serves take great pride in our ongoing partnership with CALEA and the resources it brings to the City of Kingsport.”

CALEA Accreditation requires proof of compliance with 484 highly regarded and broadly recognized professional law enforcement standards. The standards address six major law enforcement areas:

1) Role, responsibilities, and relationships with other agencies;

2) Organization, management, and administration;

3) Personnel administration;

4) Law enforcement operations, operational support, and traffic law enforcement;

5) Detainee and court-related services; and

6) Auxiliary and technical services.

The standards help law enforcement agencies to strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities, formalize essential management procedures, establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices, improve service-delivery, solidify interagency cooperation and coordination, and boost citizen and staff confidence in the agency.

There are five general phases in the accreditation process consisting of Enrollment, Self-Assessment, On-Site Assessment, Commission Review and Decision, and Maintaining Compliance and Reaccreditation. The major benefits of CALEA Accreditation include greater accountability within the agency, reduced risk and liability exposure, stronger defense against civil litigation, staunch support from government officials, and increased community advocacy.

For additional information regarding CALEA Accreditation, please visit

Pictured left to right above: Chief Richard W. Myers (Newport News, Virginia Chief of Police and CALEA Board Chairman), Sergeant Glenn Cradic (K.P.D. Accreditation Manager), Chief David Quillin (K.P.D. Chief of Police), and Lieutenant Chris Tincher (K.P.D. Professional Standards Unit Supervisor)
Thomas M. Patton, Public Information Officer

Kingsport Police Department Professional Standards Unit

One thought on “KPD e-News Release: Recent K.P.D. Reaccreditation Marks Quarter Century of Meeting or Exceeding Nation’s Highest Law Enforcement Standards

  1. Congratulations KPD! Outstanding job.
    Thanks and I hope you have a good day!
    Michelle Gillenwater
    Administrative Assistant
    Procurement Department
    City of Kingsport
    P: 423 229-9419
    F: 423 224-2433
    [kingsport_Logo_72 – email sig]
    225 W. Center Street
    Kingsport, TN 37660

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