A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA), will arrive Dec. 3 to examine all aspects of the Parker Police Department's policies and …
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A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA), will arrive Dec. 3 to examine all aspects of the Parker Police Department's policies and procedures, management, operations and support services, according to a news release from the department.
Verification by the team that the Parker Police Department meets the commission's state-of-the art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation — a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session at 6 p.m. on Dec. 5.
The session will be conducted in town council chambers at Parker Town Hall, 20120 E. Mainstreet in Parker. If for some reason someone cannot speak at the public information session, but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he or she may do so by telephone. The public may call 303-805-6911 on Dec. 4, between the hours of 1 and 3 p.m. 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's standards. The standards are available at the Parker Police Department.
The local contact is accreditation manager Sheila Setzer at 303-805-6590. People wishing to offer written comments about the Parker Police Department's ability to meet the standards for accreditation are asked to write to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.
An assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit functions and other places where compliance can be witnessed. Once the commission's assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status.
Accreditation is currently for four years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under, which they have been accredited. Each year, assessors will check compliance of 25 percent of all standards, totaling 100 percent by the fourth year. For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., write to its Field Operations Division or call 703-352-4225.
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