A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will examine all aspects of the West Carrollton Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services during a site visit on Nov. 12-14.
As a part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session that we be held at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13, in the Civic Center Council Chambers, located at 300 E. Central Avenue.
The police department will also offer a Pizza with Police event from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the YMCA, located at 900 S. Alex Rd.
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 by calling (937) 847-4667 from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14.
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. A copy of the standards is available at the police department, 300 E. Central Ave. West Carrollton, OH or by calling Deputy Chief David Wessling at (937) 847-4670.
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the West Carrollton Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155-6660.
The police department needs to comply with 389 standards in order to maintain accredited status, said Police Chief Doug Woodard. Verifications that the police department meets the state-of-the art standards is part of a voluntary process to maintain accreditation and a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, Woodard said.
The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review materials; interview individuals; and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed. The accreditation team includes: Chief Mark Palmer, from the Coventry, Conn., Police Department; and Sergeant Megan Freeman, of the Addison, Ill., Police Department. 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 for four years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which they were initially accredited. The West Carrollton Police Department received its first CALEA accreditation in 1992.
For more information, call Deputy Police Chief David Wessling at (937) 847-4670. Contact CALEA by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (703) 352-4225.