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Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

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FROM THE CORPUS CHRISTI POLICE DEPARTMENT -

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive Oct. 28 to examine all aspects of the Corpus Christi Police Department's policy and procedures, management, operations and support services, Chief Floyd Simpson announced Tuesday.

Verification by the team that the Corpus Christi Police Department meets the Commission's state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session Monday, Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. The session will be conducted in the Council Chambers located at City Hall, 1201 Leopard.

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 or she may do so by telephone. The public may call 361-886-2612 on Monday, Oct. 29 between the hours of 1-5 p.m.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to five minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA Standards. A copy of the standards is available at the police department's Accreditation Unit, on the fifth floor of 321 John Sartain. Local contact is Lieutenant James McCarty, 361-826-2977.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Corpus Christi 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
Gainsville, Virginia, 20155

The Corpus Christi Police Department has to comply with 388 standards in order to gain accredited status.

The CALEA program manager for the Corpus Christi Police Department is Steve Mitchell. He said 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: Chief Scott Cunningham, Winston-Salem Police Department, Winston-Salem North Carolina and Chief Gary Vest, Powell Police Department, Powell, Ohio.

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 status, Mr. 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:

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc (CALEA)
13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320
Gainsville, Virginia, 20155

You can also call 703-352-4225, or send an email to calea@calea.org.