Abington Township Police Department is proud to announce that the members of the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission recently elected Abington Township Chief of Police Bill Kelly as the new “Chairman” of that Commission. Chief Kelly was a “founding member” of that Commission and has served as the Commission Vice Chairman for the last four years.
Chief Kelly is in his 44th year as a Police Officer and his 34th year as a Chief of Police, including more than 30 years as Chief of Police in Abington Township, a first-ring suburb of Philadelphia with 56,000 residents. In addition to serving as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, Chief Kelly is also currently serving as Chairman of the Board (and Immediate Past President) of the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association, Executive Board Chairman (and Immediate Past President) of the Police Chiefs Association of Montgomery County, and Co-Chairman of the Montgomery County Drug Overdose Task Force.
He has done training and consulting at numerous locations in Pennsylvania and across the United Sates as well as in Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. He has a B.A. Degree in Urban Management and Planning, a M.S. Degree in Organizational Leadership, and has completed the coursework for a M.S. Degree in Organizational Development and Analysis.
The Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission was founded in 2001 by the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association to implement and administer a statewide program providing the more than 1,100 law enforcement agencies in Pennsylvania an opportunity to develop and follow state-of-the-profession standards and policies to insure the most uniform and professional law enforcement service and protection for all citizens within their jurisdictions. In 2001 Abington Township, Pennsylvania State Police, and Derry Township became the first law enforcement agencies to receive PLEAC accreditation. Since then, over 300 agencies have begun the accreditation process and over 105 have successfully completed it. As of 2015, over half of the 27,000 sworn law enforcement officers in Pennsylvania work for accredited agencies, including many of Pennsylvania’s largest agencies, like the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania State Police and the City of Pittsburgh.