Gilbert police receives accreditation

Gilbert police officials receive plaque
Gilbert Police Department officials, including Chief Michael Soelberg (second from left), receive their accreditation through the Arizona Law Enforcement Accreditation Program as voted upon by the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police. (Courtesy Gilbert Police Department)

Gilbert Police Department officials, including Chief Michael Soelberg (second from left), receive their accreditation through the Arizona Law Enforcement Accreditation Program as voted upon by the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police. (Courtesy Gilbert Police Department)

The Gilbert Police Department has received its accreditation through the Arizona Law Enforcement Accreditation Program.

The Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police voted April 27 to award the accreditation.

“ALEAP Accreditation is a critical process to ensure our department is in compliance with established national standards and best practices," Gilbert police Chief Michael Soelberg said in a statement. "Accreditation provides another layer of oversight, in which the community can be reassured that our department remains dedicated to providing professional services in a transparent environment.”

Soelberg gave credit to the department’s accreditation manager, Jerry Kaphing, as instrumental in guiding the department through the process.

Gilbert police’s accreditation process began in September 2020 with a two-year self-assessment period, which included an analysis to determine how the department’s existing operations could be adapted to meet ALEAP’s 175 best-practice standards. The department completed its self-assessment ahead of schedule.


In February, the department underwent an on-site assessment by ALEAP assessors who examined all aspects of the Gilbert Police Department practices, procedures, management, operations and support services.

Gilbert employees and the public were also invited to provide feedback and comments to the team of assessors. The final step in the accreditation process was a hearing before the ALEAP commission April 26.

The initial accreditation is valid for a four-year period, during which time Gilbert police will continue to submit annual reviews and reports attesting to continued compliance with the ALEAP standards.
By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.