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Salisbury Police seeking public comments

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) -

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive in Salisbury Monday, Oct. 10, 2016 to examine all aspects of the Salisbury Police Department’s (SPD) policies and procedures, management, operations, and services, according to Lt. Andy Efird.

Verification by the team that the SPD meets the Commission's state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation -- a highly-prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, Lt. Efird said.

 As a part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 beginning at 6 pm. The session will be conducted in the SPD training room, located at 130 E. Liberty Street. If anyone is unable speak at the public information session, but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. Phone comments to assessors will be accepted at (704) 216-2726 on the same day from 3 until 5 pm.

Telephone comments as well as those made at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA's standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Salisbury Police Department. The local contact is Diana Gonzalez, SPD accreditation manager, at (704) 638-4490.

Persons wishing to offer written comment about SPD’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, Virginia 20155.

“The accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations and support of those services,” said SPD Chief Jerry Stokes. “The standards are designed to improve law enforcement professionalism and to increase citizen and employee confidence in the goals, objectives, policies and practices of the Salisbury Police Department. We look forward to having the opportunity to review our policy and practices against a national standard, reaccreditation reaffirms our commitment to high standards and our desire to provide high quality police service to our citizens.”

“The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies,” said Gonzalez. “The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed. The assessors are: Chief Stephen Walker (ret.) with the Centerville Ohio Police Department, Centerville, Ohio and Lt. Harold LeMay (ret.) with the Avon Connecticut Police Department, Avon, Conn.

Once the Commission's 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 status.”

This accreditation review remains valid for the next four years, during that time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which they were initially accredited.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc., please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155, or call (703) 352-4225.

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