Lafayette's Police Department has now been awarded national accreditation after completing a two-year effort to earn it from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

Chief Jim Craft says the department received the recognition this past weekend, and he says the men and women of the Lafayette Police Department should be commended for their on-going hard work and dedication.

The process to obtain accreditation for the agency started in 2010, and the department met 467 criteria to earn the distinction.  An assessment team from CALEA came to Lafayette last year to ensure the department is following the organization's standards.

Re-accreditation must be completed every three years.