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Nebraska Crime Commission

Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice

Credentialing Central: Safe Policing for Safe Communities

It is suggested that all state, local, and university or college law enforcement agencies receiving, expecting to receive or exploring receiving grant funding from DOJ either directly or as a sub-awardee apply for credentialing. Eligibility for some funding types requires credentialing and this may be expanded in the future. This does not apply to tribal law enforcement agencies.


Safe Policing Principles

Credentialing is based on compliance with the following two principles:

  • Adherence to applicable laws. The applying agency maintains use of force policies that adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws.
  • Prohibition of choke holds. The applying agency maintains use of force policies that prohibit the use of choke holds, except in situations where the use of deadly force is allowed by law.
    • “Choke Hold” is defined by DOJ as a physical maneuver or technique that restricts an individual’s ability to breathe for the purpose of incapacitation.


Credentialing Process

  1. Law enforcement agencies will be required to provide a Statement of Declaration, a legally binding document that attests that the agency head has reviewed the policy or policies and said policy or policies are compliant with the two mandatory requirements of the Executive Order. Agencies need only submit the completed Statement as evidence of compliance.
  2. For all steps in the process, review the Checklist - Nebraska Credentialing Process in the links below.

Nebraska Compliance Documents:


Executive Order:


DOJ Resources: