WESTPORT — The town police department received accredited status from a statewide organization after years of effort, according to a press release.

The Westport Police Department officially gained Tier 1 Accredited Status from Connecticut Police Officers Standards and Training Council (POST-C) on Thursday, the release said. This accreditation the department was awarded is a result of its “multiyear effort to voluntarily self-evaluate its policies and procedures and compare them to best practices and standards” set by POST-C.

Police Chief Fotio Koskinas said the recognition was an honor and thanked officers for their dedication and hard work.

“It is an honor to receive this status and recognition from POST-C as well as a testament to the hard work ad professionalism of this agency and all those employed here — both sworn and citizen,” Koskinas said in a prepared statement.

In order to ultimately receive this status, the department had to have POST-C members to assess and inspect the department’s policies and their implementation, the release said. The council assessors also toured the facility to verify that everything met the best practice and procedures standards set by the council.

The evaluation of the department and the process to receive accreditation is entirely voluntary, the release said.

“Achieving (Tier 1 status) places the Westport Police Department among only 40 of the Connecticut police departments to obtain this status,” the release said.