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Professional Standards

Professional Standards

The Professional Standards Section is responsible directly to the Chief of Police and is under the command of Lt. Chris Groves. The office is responsible for a variety of disciplines including recruitment, retention, training, complaints of misconduct and CALEA Accreditation.

Professional Standards coordinates and maintains a variety of officer related records. The City’s alarm program and media relations are also coordinated out of this office. The Lieutenant assists in the coordination of the City’s Emergency Operations Planning.


The Sioux City Police Department is an accredited organization through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Officer Donette Sassman is the department’s Accreditation Assistant and maintains records and files necessary to ensure compliance with CALEA Accreditation Standards. Re-accreditation is completed every three years and requires an extensive external review of the policies and practices of the department.

During FY 2015 the Department underwent its seventh consecutive re-accreditation process. The review and assessment were conducted using CALEA’s optional “Gold Standard”. The Sioux City Police Department received meritorious re-accreditation using the Gold Standard. For more information on CALEA, visit


Sgt. Steve TenNapel coordinates training needs for the department in regard to both officers and civilians. His duties include reviewing requests, identifying needs, assessing content and arranging for required and necessary training throughout the department. He coordinates the department’s Field Training Officer Program and is involved in recruitment and testing for prospective officer candidates.

Administrative Support and Alarm Permits

Juanita Sands is assigned as the Administrative Assistant for Professional Standards. She helps maintain records on training and other records on officers of the SCPD. She is also in charge of Alarm Permits for the department. If you need an alarm permit request form, click HERE.

Professional Standards and Internal Affairs Contacts

Phone: 712.279.6360

Lieutenant Chris Groves

Sergeant Steve TenNapel - Training Coordinator

Officer Donette Sassman - Accreditation Assistant

Juanita Sands - Administrative Assistant