ACCREDITATION ASSESSMENT TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive December 1st to examine all aspects of the Collierville Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services through December 4th, Chief Larry Goodwin announced today.
Verification by the team that the Collierville Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain reaccreditation—a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, he said.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session Tuesday, December 2nd at 6:00 P.M. The session will be conducted in the Town of Collierville Court Room located at 101 Walnut Street (Town Court), Collierville, Tennessee.
If for some reason an individual is unavailable to 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 (901) 457-2528 on Wednesday, December 3rd between the hours of 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M. to give their comments.
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. Copies of the standards are available at the Collierville Police Department for public review. For further information contact the Accreditation Manager Bill Bradham at 457-2573.
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Collierville Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) 1375 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia, 20155.
Police Chief Larry Goodwin stated that the Collierville Police Department has to comply with 482 standards in order to gain accredited status, and it is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence, and competence for law enforcement agencies. The agency attained its original accredited status in 1995, making this our sixth reaccreditation assessment.
The Accreditation Manager for the Collierville Police Department is Mr. Bill Bradham. He 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 offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.
The Assessment Team will be comprised of two experienced CALEA Assessors, namely Chief Bart Connelly of the Cape Coral, FL Police Department and Captain Paul Lindenschmidt of the Mason, OH Police Department.
Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report to the full Commission, who will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status. Accreditation status is valid 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. (CALEA) 1375 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia, 20155; or call (703) 352-4225.