Monday, November 16, 2009
Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment
The Bryan Police Department is proud to be an internationally accredited police agency, and continually strives to follow the professional standards set forth by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). Accreditation benefits Bryan citizens by promising consistency in policy and procedures that comply with nationwide standards, as well as promoting community cooperation and understanding. By conforming to CALEA standards, the Bryan Police Department guarantees that it is a law enforcement agency that is run smoothly, effectively, and efficiently. The accreditation program requires the Bryan Police Department to comply with rigorous standards in four basic areas:
• Policy and procedures
• Support Services
Part of the accreditation program requires periodic on-site assessments of the Police Department to ensure it continues to meet these professional standards. The Bryan Police Department is scheduled for an assessment on December 12-15, 2009.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session Monday, December 14, 2009 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm. The session will be conducted in the Secondary Courtroom located at the City of Bryan Justice Center.
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 979-209-5292 on Monday, December 14, 2009 between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 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’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Bryan Police Department, 303 East 29th Street, Bryan, TX by contacting Lt. Buck Rogers at 979-209-5371. Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Bryan Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 10306 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030-2215.
The Bryan Police Department has to comply with 463 standards in order to maintain accredited status. The accreditation process provides the structure and sets the standards for law enforcement to be recognized as a true profession.
The Accreditation program manager for the Bryan Police Department is Amanda Miller. The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed. The assessors are:
Chief Judith King
California State University Fullerton Police Department
Mr. John Tucker
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division
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