Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
ABC Earns Five Year Accreditation

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, July 29, 2008  
Contact Information:  Nathan Jones

      FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 29, 2008) – The  Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Enforcement Division recently passed a re-accreditation review by the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police (KACP). 
     The accreditation process is a progressive and time-proven way of helping law enforcement agencies evaluate and improve their overall performance, according to the KACP.  Accredited agencies benefit from the use of consistent and proven procedures, clearly outlined policies, and efficient practices.  The audit process includes a full review of policy and procedure, as well as an on-site review to determine if the agency meets accreditation standards.  The accreditation audit by the KACP:

• Provides a means of independent evaluation of agency operations.
• Provides a basis to correct deficiencies in the agency’s operations before they become public problems.
• Requires that agencies commit policies and procedures to writing.
• Provides a norm for an agency to judge its performance.
• Has the potential to reduce liability insurance costs.
• Promotes accountability among agency personnel and the evenhanded application of policies.
• Enhances the reputation of the agency, thereby helping to attract the most qualified candidates for employment.
• Minimizes an agency’s exposure to liability.
• Increases the community’s confidence
• Recognizes agencies for meeting standards of excellence.

        Receiving an initial accreditation five years ago, ABC went through a re-accreditation audit the week of July 21 to maintain its standing. 
     “Upon passing the audit, the ABC enforcement division shows it has maintained and improved upon the more than 157 standards that address the important issues about how an agency should be governed,” said Michael Bischoff, KACP executive director. “[The ABC] has updated these items according to legislative changes and improvements over the past five years.” 
      “The Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police accreditation is something that the ABC Enforcement Division is proud to have earned,” said Mike Razor, ABC’s director of enforcement. “The distinction as the only state agency to earn this very difficult accreditation speaks volumes about the professionalism and enthusiasm of the ABC Enforcement Division.  However, prestige is not the only reward.  The guidelines improve our ability to serve Kentucky citizens.”  
        The ABC Enforcement Division is the only state agency that currently holds an accreditation by the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police.  The division will be recognized and presented with a second-year certificate on Aug. 6 at the KACP conference.
     The department is part of the Public Protection Cabinet.