BPD accreditation teams invites public comment

Posted 6/1/20

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. will conduct an in-depth assessment Tuesday, June 9 to Thursday, June 11 to examine all aspects of the …

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BPD accreditation teams invites public comment

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A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. will conduct an in-depth assessment Tuesday, June 9 to Thursday, June 11 to examine all aspects of the Buckeye Police Department policy and procedures, management, operations and support services, Chief Larry Hall announced.

Verification by the team that the Buckeye Police Department meets the commission’s Gold Standard of Public Safety is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence, the chief stated in a news release.

As part of the assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments by telephone directly with the assessment team by calling 623-349-6930 between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 10.

Anyone wishing to review the standards may CALEA via the organization’s website, calea.org/contact-us. Individuals may contact Accreditation Manager Ed Goodman at 623-349-6465 or via email at egoodman@buckeyeaz.gov for further information.

Those wishing to submit written comments about BPD’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA, 22030-2215 or www.calea.org.

The assessment team is comprised of public safety practitioners from similar out-of-state agencies, the release stated. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed.

The assessors are: Assistant Chief Michael Bussiere of Richardson Police Department in Texas and Capt. Joseph Race of Madison Police Department in Connecticut.

Once the assessment is completed, the team reports its findings to the full commission, which then will decide if the agency is to be granted accreditation status.

Accreditation is for four years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

More information on CALEA is available by writing the commission at 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155; by calling 703-352-4225 or emailing calea@calea.org.

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