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HSSD Police Department Earns Accreditation

Posted Date: 05/22/2024

The Hot Springs School District Police Department has set the bar by becoming the first school district police department in the state of Arkansas to achieve accreditation. The Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police (AACP) ALEAP Committee has unanimously voted to bestow Tier II Accreditation status to the department, recognizing its commitment to excellence in law enforcement practices.

The ALEAP Committee set forth a comprehensive set of model policies that the Hot Springs School District Police Department was required to adopt and demonstrate adherence to achieve this distinguished award. Through rigorous evaluation and a steadfast commitment to these standards, the department has now joined an elite, but growing group of law enforcement agencies in Arkansas that are part of this esteemed program.

Superintendent Dr. Stephanie Nehus praised the department’s dedication and hard work: “We are incredibly proud of our police department for achieving this significant milestone. This accreditation is a testament to their unwavering commitment to maintaining the highest standards of safety and security for our students, staff, and community.”

Police Chief Carl Seymour also expressed his pride in the accomplishment: “This accreditation is a reflection of the hard work and professionalism of our entire team. We are honored to be recognized by the AACP and remain dedicated to upholding the principles and practices that have earned us this accreditation.”

The Hot Springs School District Police Department’s achievement sets a precedent for other school district police departments across the state, highlighting the importance of adopting and adhering to best practices in law enforcement.
The Hot Springs School District’s accreditation is for three years.

About the Hot Springs School District
Founded in 1881, the Hot Springs School District is a unified Trojan family of campuses spread across multiple historic school sites, in the heart of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Our mission is to educate and empower each student to graduate from high school college and/or career-ready, respect diversity, and be contributing members of a global society. The Hot Springs School District is Diverse. Dedicated. Unified. A Place for Everyone. 

About the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police (AACP)
The AACP is dedicated to promoting excellence in law enforcement in Arkansas. Through its Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Program (ALEAP), the AACP sets forth model policies and practices to ensure the highest standards of professionalism and effectiveness in police departments across the state.