ACCREDITATION ASSESSMENT TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT
Killeen, Texas, December 6-9, 2015―A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), will arrive December 6, 2015, to examine all aspects of the Killeen Police Department’s administration, personnel, operations, and support services, Chief Dennis Baldwin announced today.
Verification by the team that Killeen Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain reaccreditation, a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence. The Killeen Police Department is currently certified with an Advanced CALEA accreditation; the department went through its initial assessment in December 2009.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session Monday, December 7, 2015, between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The session will be conducted in the City Hall Council Chambers, at 101 N. College St. , Killeen, Texas.
If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session, but would still like to provide comments directly to the assessment team, he or she may do so by telephone. The public may call (254) 616-3110, an unrecorded dedicated line, on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.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 Killeen Police Department. Local contact is Assistant Chief Margaret Young who can be reached at (254) 501-8820.
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Killeen Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA®), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155.
The CALEA program manager for the Killeen Police Department is Mr. Randy Scott. 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.
The assessors are Deputy Chief David Newlan, of the Cape Coral Police Department, Florida, and Sergeant Michael Halloran of the Loveland Police Department, Colorado.
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 reaccredited.
Accreditation is for four years, during which the agency must prove continued compliance via remote inspections annually 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 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155; or call (800) 368-3757 or (703) 352-4225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Killeen Police Department