Report highlights 75% of St. Louis County police departments not accredited

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KPLR) - A new report about policing shows, seventy-five-percent of the police departments in the St. Louis County area are not accredited. The study was conducted by an organization called Better Together to give you an idea of how policing is done in our area. The report shows, of the sixty police departments in the St. Louis County region, only fifteen are accredited by one of the two accrediting bodies: The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and the Missouri Police Chiefs Charitable Foundation. St. Louis City and St. Louis County Police departments are accredited. In fact, the St. Louis County Police Department is one of the few in the nation that has accreditation with distinction. The state of Missouri does not require police departments to be accredited. However, it does have requirements that must be met or exceeded for individual officers to be licensed. But there are no requirements for the departments that hire them.