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Public invited to comment on UConn Police Department

by Karen A. Grava - December 8, 2008


A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) will arrive Dec. 13 to examine the UConn Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services.

As part of the on-site assessment for re-accreditation, UConn employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments during a public information session at 7 p.m. on Dec. 15, in the South Campus Ballroom.

Individuals unable to attend the public information session may provide comments by telephone on Dec. 15, between 1 and 5 p.m. by calling 860-486-5183 or 860-486-5197.

Telephone comments will also be received by assessment team members.

Verification by the assessment team that the police department has met the commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain international accreditation – a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, says Chief Robert S. Hudd.

The department received initial accreditation in 2000, and was re-accredited in 2003 and 2006.

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 the CALEA standards. A copy of the standards is available upon request at the police department.

Those who wish to offer written comments about the department’s ability to meet the CALEA standards for re-accreditation are asked to write to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA), 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030-2215, or call CALEA at 1-800-368-3757, and ask for Maya Mitchell.

The assessment team comprises law enforcement practitioners from throughout the United States. The assessors review written materials, interview employees, and observe operations. Upon completion of the assessors’ review, a written report is submitted to the CALEA commission.

The CALEA commissioners will review the assessor’s report and determine whether the agency is to be awarded re-accreditation status.

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