A team of assessors for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive Monday, Nov. 28, to examine all aspects of the Moultrie Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Frank Lang announced recently.

Verification by the team that the Moultrie Police Department meets the commission’s state-of-the-art standards are part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation or reaccreditation — 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 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, at City Hall, 111 First St. N.E.

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 890-5448 on Tuesday, Nov. 29, between the hours of 1 pm. and 5 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 Standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Moultrie-Colquitt County Public Library and the Police Department.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Moultrie Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation/reaccreditation are requested to write: Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Va., 22155.

The CALEA program manager for the Moultrie Police Department is Ken Reffitt, accreditation manager, who can be reached at 890-5446. He said the assessment team is composed of public safety practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed.

The assessors are Teresa Hardy, team leader, and Lt. Paula Fox, team member.

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/recognition status, Reffitt stated.

Accreditation/recognition 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, Inc., please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Va., 22155, or call (800)368-3757 or (703) 352-4225 or email calea@calea.org.

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