Bloomington Police achieves accreditation for the first time since 2019

Pictured from left – right : Lieutenant Jeff Albee, Assistant Chief Chad Wamsley, ILACP VP Dan Ryan, Chief Jamal Simington, Assistant Chief Paul Williams, Assistant Chief Aaron Veerman, and Lieutenant Jim Clesson. (Photo courtesy: BPD/Facebook)

By Blake Haas

BLOOMINGTON – For the first time since 2019, Bloomington Police received accreditation from the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program.

ILEAP reviewed how the department’s processes, policies, training, personnel, and operations met industry standards during the accreditation process.

The program signifies that BPD meets or exceeds 69 modern law enforcement professional standards.

The Bloomington community should be very proud of the efforts of professionalism and accountability, which this accreditation measured during the in-depth and rigorous assessment,” said Bloomington Police Chief Jamal Simington in a news release.

We continue to aim high by increasing professionalism, holding ourselves to a high standard, and exceeding the expectations of the community we serve. I am very proud of the professionals I have the privilege to serve with.”

BPD joins only 61 other departments around the state to receive the accreditation.

Blake Haas can be reached at [email protected].


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