What is the cost to enroll in the accreditation program? 

The cost to enroll in the accreditation program is $250.00.


How many standards are there?

Currently, there are 139 standards.


How long does it take to become accredited?

It will depend on your current policy manual and the man hours you are able to dedicate to the process.  The average amount of time is 18 to 24 months.


What is the Pennsylvania Police Accreditation Coalition (PPAC)?

PPAC recognizes and supports the concept and practice of law enforcement accreditation to enhance the quality of law enforcement services in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. PPAC shall serve as a network for member agencies to encourage communication and cooperation, provide mutual support, share member agency directives/regulations, resources and information, and foster the growth of accreditation in the Commonwealth via the conduct of marketing and training activities, and the organizing, staffing and leading of "initial" on-site assessments.


Do I have to be a member of the PPAC?

No, but we urge you to become an active member of the PPAC.  We see this as a benefit to our enrolled agencies.


Are there any other costs involved once your agency is enrolled in the accreditation program?

No, however, there is a $1,000.00 annual program fee.  The annual fee does not apply until you become an accredited agency.  This fee has become necessary to help defray the direct costs of your subsequent re-accreditation on-site assessments.  Newly accredited agencies will not be assessed the program fee until January of the year after being awarded accredited status. 


What is PowerDMS?

PowerDMS is an electronic platform that is partnered with PCPA.


Are you required to use PowerDMS to maintain your files?

No, you are not required to use PowerDMS to maintain your files.  Paper files are supported, as well.  However, we urge you to consider using PowerDMS to maintain your files.


Can a part-time police agency become accredited?

Yes, any law enforcement agency in Pennsylvania may become accredited as a part of our program.


Once enrolled, how long does an agency have to become accredited?

An agency has five years from enrollment to become accredited.