Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

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College Station, Texas--- A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive August 17, 2013 to examine all aspects of the College Station Police Department policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Jeff Capps announced today.

Verification by the team that the College Station Police Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation---a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, he said.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments regarding the agency’s ability to meet the required standards. Individuals may offer comments at a public information session Monday, August 19, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This session will be conducted at the College Station City Council Chambers located at 1101 Texas Ave S. in College Station. If, for some reason, an individual cannot speak at the Public Information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. The public may call 979-764-6241 on Monday, August 19, 2013 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

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 for review (by appointment only) at the College Station Police Department. Local contact is Manager Zeta Fail at 764-3608. Persons wishing to offer written comments about the College Station Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155

The Accreditation program manager for the Police Department is Manager Zeta Fail. She said the 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 with communication personnel and other places where compliance can be witnessed. The assessors are: Chief Jay Murphy, Cape Coral Florida Police Department (team leader) and Lieutenant Virgil Hubbard, Knoxville Tennessee Police Department (team member). Once the 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. This 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: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155; or call (703) 352-4225.

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