Police work toward reaccreditation

Apr. 25, 2013 @ 05:10 PM

As it did three years ago, the Monroe Police Department is once again beginning the process of earning reaccreditation.

Assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive May 5 in Monroe to examine aspects of the department’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services.

Accreditation from CALEA lasts three years and during that time, the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was originally accredited, according to a statement from the Monroe Police Department.

“We’ll know when they’re here if we will be recommended or not,” Chief Debra Duncan of the Monroe Police Department, said.

After the assessors have finished their review, members of the department will later have to attend a CALEA hearing. During the upcoming assessment of the department, the assessors will not only look at files and paperwork but also will visit various parts of the department as well as speak with members of the community as part of the process, Duncan said.

Verification by the team of assessors that the Monroe Police Department meets the commission’s state-of-the-arts standards is part of the voluntary process to attain accreditation. As part of the on-site assessment, agency, personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on May 6 at 6 p.m. The session will be conducted at the City of Monroe Council Chambers at 300 W. Crowell Street in Monroe.

If an individual can not speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, they can do so by telephone. The public can call 704-282-4798 on May 6 between the hours of 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Comments will be taken during those hours by members of the assessment team. Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards.

A copy of the standards is available at the Monroe Police Department at 218 East Franklin Street in Monroe. People wishing to offer written comments about the Monroe Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write to Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Va., 20155, according to the Monroe Police Department statement.

For more information contact Milford Miller, accreditation manager at the Monroe Police Department at 704-282-4754. You can also call 703-352-4225 for more information about CALEA or send an e-mail to calea@calea.org.