Thomas E. Flaherty, Training Academy Administrator
Connecticut Police Academy
285 Preston Avenue
Meriden, CT 06450
For Release: July 25, 2013
ACCREDITATION TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT
Meriden, Connecticut July 25, 2013
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), will arrive August 25, 2013, to examine all aspects of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, Police Officer Standards and Training Council, Connecticut Police Academy’s policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services, Thomas E Flaherty, Training Academy Administrator announced today.
Verification by the team that Police Officer Standards and Training Council, Connecticut Police Academy meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation – a highly prized recognition of public safety training academy professional excellence, he said.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments by calling (203 427-2627) on Tueday, August 27 between the hours of 2:00PM and 4:00PM. Comments will be taken by the assessment team.
Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation standards. A copy of the Standards is available at the Connecticut Police Academy Library, 285 Preston Avenue, 2nd floor, Meriden Connecticut. Local contact is Harold LeMay, Accreditation Manager at (203) 427-2602.
Persons wishing to submit written comments about the Police Officer Standards and Training Council, Connecticut Police Academy’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), 13575 Healthcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155
The Connecticut Police Academy has to comply with 158 standards in order to gain accredited status Thomas E Flaherty, Training Academy Administrator said. “I and our staff welcome the arrival of the on-site assessment team as one more step to recognize the efforts of our entire cadre to provide current, state of the art training to Law Enforcement Officers throughout the State of Connecticut. The work accomplished by our staff has been
truly a team effort to prepare for this on-site assessment and it reflects the abilities of our personnel to provide quality training in the complex world of Law Enforcement.”
The CALEA Program Manager for the Connecticut Police Academy is Accreditation Manager Harold LeMay. He said the assessment team is composed of public safety practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written material, interview individuals and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnesses.
The assessors are: Director David Hornyak, Director of Professional Standards, Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, London, OH and Assistant Chief Carter Greene, Athens Clarke County Police Department, Athens GA.
Once the CALEA Assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted re-accredited status, Accreditation Manager Harold LeMay stated.
Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standard under which it was initially accredited.
For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. please write the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), 13575 Healthcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155; or call (703) 352-4225 or visit the CALEA website at www.calea.org.