SOUTH PORTLAND — The Police Department received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies at a March 24 conference in Frisco, Texas.

The department began a voluntary process in 2015 to attain accredited status, which is considered a recognition of public safety professional excellence, according to a press release that said fewer than five percent of law enforcement agencies in the country have been accredited.

The department underwent a self-assessment and worked on revising policies and procedures in accordance with the comission’s nationally recognized standards and best practices, the release said.

Last November, a team of assessors from CALEA examined all aspects of the department’s policies, procedures, management, operations and support services to verify that the department met the 189 different standards established by the commission.