Chief Keith L. Mello has been appointed by Governor Dannel P. Malloy to the Connecticut Police Officers Standards and Training Council.

Mello said he is honored by the appointment and looks forward to serving on the council and contributing to important work of developing and maintaining the training, accreditation and certification standards of the law enforcement agencies and police officers in the state.

The Police Officer Standards and Training Council mission is three fold. First, it is committed to providing innovative, credible and responsive high quality basic, advanced and specialized training to Connecticut police officers in an economical manner and in amounts sufficient to enable them to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to serve the public with commitment, empathy and competence.

The Police Officer Standards and Training Council is also committed to adopting and enforcing professional standards for certification and for decertification of Connecticut’s police officers, in a manner consistent with the law, considerate of the regulated community and uncompromising as to basic values and ethics.

Third, the Police Officer Standards and Training Council is charged with developing, adopting and revising a comprehensive standards program for local law enforcement units, to grant accreditation to those units that demonstrate their compliance with such standards, and to conduct assessments to determine such unit's compliance with such standards.