LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — The Lafayette Police Department has been awarded national accreditation following a two-year effort to bring policies in line with more than 450 law enforcement standards.

Police Chief Jim Craft says his department is now accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

Craft says the department began the accreditation process in 2010, and an assessment team from CALEA visited the city in November to review policies and procedures to ensure they were in line with the organization's standards.

Craft said adhering to national policing standards could improve the work of officers and help the agency avoid lawsuits.

Agencies must be re-accredited every three years.

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