Marquette Police Department first in UP to receive accreditation

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The Marquette City Police Department was officially awarded its accreditation Monday night.

It's been about a two-year process, but during the Marquette City Commission meeting, Police Chief Blake Rieboldt accepted the plaque on behalf of the department.

The Marquette Police Department is the first in the Upper Peninsula to receive accreditation from the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. After an in-depth review of current practices, Marquette police have adopted a system that follows a set of more than 100 best practice policies and updates to training protocols.

"I think what it does is it takes a good police department and it makes it better frankly, and Marquette had a good police department, that's certainly why we reached out to Chief Rieboldt," said Neal Rossow, Accreditation Director for the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. "I think at some point, our hope with the Michigan Chiefs is that it becomes the norm."

The City Commission also heard a presentation on the Carp River Kiln project from the Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority.

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