The mission of the Personnel Services Division is to promote the recruitment and development of a competent and motivated workforce, to provide quality service in personnel administration, and to facilitate the delivery of professional police services to the citizens by ensuring compliance with state and national standards and auditing the performance of employees and operations. The Personnel Services Division consists of the following:
The Training Section is responsible for all training conducted in this department, including basic recruit training and in-service training.
Office of Professional StandardsAccreditation Unit
The Office of Professional Standards reports directly to the Personnel Services Division Commander and is responsible for both the investigation of all applicants for positions within the department and the investigations of serious allegations of employee misconduct. These tasks are accomplished by two different units: Background Investigations and Internal Affairs.
The Police Department attained initial accreditation in November 1993 through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and is one of only 600 internationally accredited law enforcement agencies. CALEA's accreditation program aims to improve delivery of law enforcement service by offering a body of standards, developed by law enforcement practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date law enforcement topics. It recognizes professional achievements through an orderly process for addressing and complying with applicable standards.
Managing and maintaining continual compliance with all applicable standards is the primary responsibility of the Accreditation Manager. The Department completes an accreditation process every three years to maintain its status as an accredited agency. Successful completion of the program requires commitment from all levels of the organization.
In August 2010 the Department underwent a CALEA reaccreditation on-site. A team of assessors visited the Department and examined compliance with CALEA's 464 standards. The Department received its reaccreditation in November 2010.
The Human Resources Unit processes payroll, timesheets, position control, maintains personnel files and other personnel issues for an ever increasing authorized strength of police employees. This unit serves as liaison to the County's Department of Human Resources and Financial Services in such matters as FMLA, Accident/Property Loss reports, and Worker's Compensation.
An inspections process is an essential mechanism for evaluating the quality of the Department's operations, ensuring that the Department's goals are being pursued, identifying the need for additional resources, and ensuring that control is maintained throughout the Department. The inspections process compares the Department's formal expectations with actual performance. Inspections, conducted with clear objectives and a positive approach, provide a means of communication within the Department, not only downward, but also upward. The focus of staff inspections is directed toward policies, procedures, systems and equipment and only incidentally on persons. The function of an inspection is to provide fact-finding assistance to the commanders of each component within the Department. The person conducting the inspection is responsible for providing an inspected components' commander with a systematic, objective review of office facilities, property, equipment, personnel administration and operational activities outside the normal supervisory and line inspection procedures.