Rutland City Police are dropping a goal of meeting a national standard because the chief says it is setting them up for failure.
The department had been working to reach the standards of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies by 2014. But now, Chief James Baker, who wasn't chief when the force decided to take up the task two years ago, is stopping the effort. Baker does not think the department can reach the benchmarks laid out over the next two years while still maintaining its focus on resolving internal issues and public safety concerns in the city.
"To take those resources away from those other priorities and working on accreditation I think started becoming a distraction," Baker said.
The city has already spent $10,000 on the program.