CMPD pursues re-accreditation

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Standards are up for review at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. The agency is undergoing a re-accreditation process.

The department will be reviewed by The Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, or CAELA. The process can take months while CAELA reviews CMPD's management, personnel, and operations.

Part of the process includes a public comment portion coming up Monday, January 11th. Citizens can either attend at meeting at police headquarters on Trade Street from 5:00pm-7:00pm; or they can give their comments over the phone by calling 704-432-2652.

The CAELA website says an initial accreditation for a police department the size of CMPD can cost $20,000. There is a continuation fee every year of nearly $6,000.

Accreditation can help a police department adhere to higher standards, trim the price of liability insurance, and protect an agency against lawsuits.

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