POLICE ACCREDITATION ASSESSMENT TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive December 9, 2012 to examine all aspects of the Connecticut State Police policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Colonel Danny Stebbins announced today.
“The Connecticut State Police values the voluntary process required to gain accreditation. This team of assessors will verify that our agency meets the commission’s high standards and that we once again maintain accreditation status, in recognition of public safety professional excellence,” Colonel Stebbins said.
CSP has been reaccredited every three years since 1988.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments by calling 877-310-3630 on Monday, December 10, 2012, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the DESPP Headquarters, 1111 Country Club Road, Middletown, CT. Local contact is Lt. Marianne Daly, Connecticut State Police Accreditation Unit at 203-630-4357.
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Connecticut State Police’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation/recognition are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd, Ste 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Connecticut State Police must comply with 414 standards in order to gain accredited/recognized status, Colonel Stebbins noted. “This is a highly-prized professional recognition in a law enforcement agency and I am confident that, once again, the Connecticut State Police will meet or exceed the criteria required by CALEA,” Colonel Stebbins said.
The CALEA Program Manager for the Connecticut State Police is Lt. Marianne Daly. She noted that the assessment team is composed of public safety practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed.
The assessors are: Assistant Inspector General Dean Register of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Deputy Chief (Ret.) Samuel Farina of Durham, NC.
Once the CALEA 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/recognition status, CALEA Program Manager Steve Mitchell stated.
Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.
For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Blvd Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155 or call (703) 352-4225 or www.calea.org.
Lt. J. Paul Vance