For Immediate Release
Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA ®), will arrive Saturday, August 22, 2009 to examine all aspects of the Springfield Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services.
The Springfield Police Department has to comply with 463 standards in order to gain accredited status—a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence. 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. Once the CALEA Assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status. Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday, August 24th at 5:00 PM. This session will be conducted in the Community Room of the Springfield Police Department – South District Station located at 2620 W. Battlefield Road in southwest Springfield.
If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, they may do so by calling 417-864-4147 on Sunday, August 23rd between the hours of 2:00 and 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 at the Springfield Police Department Headquarters, 321 E. Chestnut Expressway. Local contact is Major Bob Brown, Support Services Division Commander, 417-864-1733.
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Springfield Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA ®), 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax Virginia, 22030-2215.