ACCREDITATION ASSESSMENT TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT
Millersville, Maryland, March 7, 2014 – A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive April 6, 2014 to examine all aspects of the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Kevin Davis announced today.
Verification by the team that the Anne Arundel County Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation or reaccreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, he said.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday evening, April 7, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. The session will be conducted in the Hein Building Auditorium located at 7480 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard, Glen Burnie, MD 21061.
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.
The public may call (410) 222-8972 on Monday afternoon, April 7, 2014 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. 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.
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Anne Arundel County 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 Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.
“The Anne Arundel County Police Department complies with over 400 standards in order to maintain our accredited status,” Chief Davis said. Chief Davis also said that “accreditation is very important to the Anne Arundel County Police Department because it allows us to measure our department against a set of internationally recognized standards and assists with our endless pursuit of attaining the highest professional standards and best practices.”
The Accreditation Manager for the Anne Arundel County Police Department is Corporal Beth Miller. She said the assessment team is composed of law enforcement professionals from similar but out-of-state/country agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed. The assessors are: Team Leader – Retired Superintendent Susan Maycock from the Peel Regional Police (ON, Canada), and Captain Richard Lane from the Indian River County (FL) Sheriff’s Office.
“Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of our department, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if our agency will maintain its accredited status,” Chief Davis 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 or reaccredited.
For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement
Agencies, Inc., please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155; or call 1-703-352-4225.