LOS LUNAS — The Los Lunas Police Department has earned its accreditation for another three years with the New Mexico Law Enforcement Standards Council through the New Mexico Municipal League on Tuesday, July 20.

Accreditation is the ongoing process whereby agencies evaluate policy and procedure against established criteria and have compliance with that criteria verified by an independent and authoritative body. The criteria, or standards, are policy development guidelines that represent a level of quality service delivery.

The true indicator of compliance, however, lies with an evaluation by trained, independent professional peers. The establishment of meaningful and professional standards and an evaluation of compliance with those standards are, therefore, the two fundamentals of an accreditation program.

The standards are the basis of an accreditation program that affects every component of the agencies involved. Through the dedication to service and professionalism evidenced by the attainment of accredited status, law enforcement agencies can positively affect the communities they serve.

Los Lunas Police Department’s Professional Standards Lt. Lisa Valenzuela-Medina worked tirelessly to ensure LLPD met and in some cases exceeded these standards. As a result of Valenzuela-Medina’s diligent work, the Los Lunas Police Department met all the requirements of more than 220 professional standards during a rigorous peer review by a team of assessors in June of this year.

In the coming days, Los Lunas Police Department will receive a Certificate of Accreditation, which will be displayed at the department.

The Los Lunas Police Department’s accreditation is for the term of 3 years expiring on June 1, 2024.

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