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BAY CITY, MICH. - Members of the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Committee attended the June 21, 2021 City Commission meeting to present the Bay City Department of Public Safety with the Certificate of Accreditation. This certification is in effect for three-years and is a stamp of approval that the City of Bay City’s Department of Public Safety meets and exceeds state standards in 108-areas. The accreditation team – made up of Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police (MACP) and Grand Blanc Township Police Chief Ron Wiles, MACP Executive Director Robert Stevenson and MACP Director of Professional Development Neal Rossow – formally presented Public Safety Director Michael Cecchini with a Certificate of Accreditation. Director Cecchini was joined by Deputy Director Caleb Rowell and Captain Nathan Webster, who served as our community’s accreditation manager.
“Not all police departments are the same. You had a good police department before, great police department before you started this process,” Stevenson said at the City Commission meeting. “I can tell you they are a better police department after going through this process.” Stevenson emphasized the accreditation process is voluntary. Of the 582 police agencies in Michigan, only 34 have received the accreditation, including Bay City. “Your department has done what 95-percent of other police departments have not done,” Stevenson said.
The program and process are designed to accomplish the following goals: establish and maintain standards that represent current professional law enforcement practices; increases effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of law enforcement services; and establishes standards that address and reduce liability.