Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA ®) will arrive on August 4th, 2007 to examine all aspects of the El Paso Police Department's policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief of Police Richard Wiles announced last week.
Verification by the team that the El Paso Police Department meets the Commission's state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation-a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence, he said.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session at City Council chambers, at City Hall, 2 Civic Center Plaza, El Paso, TX 79901 at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 6th, 2007.
If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session, but would like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. The public may call 680-6569 on August 6th, 2007 between 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
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 standards. A copy of the standards is available in the lobby of Police Headquarters, 911 N. Raynor, El Paso, TX 79903. Local contact is the El Paso Police Department Accreditation unit at (915) 680-6530.
Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the El Paso Police Department's ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 10302 Eaton Place Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030-2215 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The El Paso Police Department has to comply with 760 mandatory and 141 other-than-mandatory standards in order to gain accredited status, Chief Wiles said. "Accreditation is important to the El Paso Police Department to ensure our service delivery remains one of the finest in the nation. El Paso's status as 3rd safest city in the United States over 500,000 people and the great accomplishments of the El Paso Police Department already show the citizens that we are a great Police Department. CALEA accreditation ensures that this dedication to public safety and quality of life continues far into the 21st century, " Wiles added.
The CALEA Program Manager for the El Paso Police Department is Dennis Hyater. He said that 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 Regional Commands and other police and non-police facilities where compliance can be witnessed.
The assessors are Mr. Geoffrey Ice (Connecticut), Ms. Tamera Bulla (Maryland) and Mr. Bobby Brown (North Carolina). They are experienced law enforcement professionals and CALEA trained assessors specifically selected by the Commission.
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, Dennis Hyater 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 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA, 22030-2215; or call (800) 368-3757 or (703) 352-4225 or visit them on the internet at www.calea.org.