ILEAP Testimonials



"Accreditation helped my team gain confidence that we were conducting ourselves in accordance with best practices.

The accreditation process allows me to stay on top of legislative changes and policies to ensure our officers are given the correct framework for conduct in this rapidly changing environment. It helps us all make sure nothing is overlooked."

-Ret. Chief Laura King, McHenry County Conservation District Police Department

"Accreditation allows the department to have someone that is not involved in the day-to-day operations take a wide-angle view at how things are being done to ensure the most up-to-date process as well as the most functional process is being used.

Becoming an assistant accreditation manager early in my career gave me the opportunity to learn about so many different things within the police department that would have taken me a career to see.  Not only do you have the opportunity to see how successful officers and investigators conduct investigations and write reports, but you get to take a peek behind the curtain on the admin side to develop an understanding of the reasons why the department operates the way that it does and why various policies and procedures are put in place.”

-Mark Betz, Round Lake Beach Police Department

"Accreditation has resulted in greater accountability within our agency, improved efficiency overall, and helped to reduce our agency’s risk and liability exposure.

Verification by an outside governing body ensures that the Joliet Police Department meets the most current standards and is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence."

-MPO Franklin Coleman, Joliet Police Department, Accreditation Manager/Planning Officer

"Accreditation standards give the department a proven management system of written directives, sound training, clearly defined lines of authority, and routine reports that support decision-making and resource allocation. Stronger Defense Against Lawsuits and Citizen Complaints - Accredited agencies are better able to defend themselves against lawsuits and citizen complaints."

"Accreditation is important because it raises the standards for a department while fostering integrity and accountability, Accreditation of agencies helps to ensure accountability and transparency that can enhance confidence and trust in law enforcement among the communities they serve."

-John Lawson, Chief of Harper College

"The entire compliance process moved us to a more professional police department... Just knowing the on-site was approaching, it allowed for more discussion on best written policies, best practice, and proper procedures.”

-Deputy Chief James Nehls, College of DuPage Police Department

"[The] Oak Brook Police Department would be professional no matter our accreditation status. However, we are a lot more professional and up-to-date with the current standards. Accreditation has provided us the extra internal and external push to become better. We continue to evolve due to accreditation."

"ILEAP has been instrumental in us evolving and striving to constantly become better. We have the desire to improve every year, both for ourselves and for the auditors."

"[Being an Accreditation Manager] has meant the world to me. I owe a lot of my knowledge and career advancement due to accreditation. I have always been curious and enjoy learning. I was one of the few to show interest in accreditation and my career took off from there...and I have been promoted due to this knowledge."

-Deputy Chief Reid Foltyniewicz, Oak Brook Police Department