ACCREDITATION ASSESSMENT TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENTS
On Sunday, August 11, 2013, a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive in Jacksonville for an on-site assessment as part of a program to maintain accreditation status. The assessors will examine all aspects of the Jacksonville City Police Department and will focus on areas such as policies and procedures, administration, operations, and support services. Verification is made by this team that the Jacksonville Police Department meets the Commissions’ state-of-the-art standards (5th Edition) as part of a voluntary process to gain reaccreditation, which is a highly praised and nationwide recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.
As part of the on-site assessment, the public and agency employees are invited to offer comments on the agency’s services and performance at a Public Information Session on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM. This session will be conducted at the Jacksonville City Council Chambers, located at 815 New Bridge Street, Jacksonville, North Carolina
If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session, but would like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. The public may call 910-938-6464 on Monday, August 12, 2013, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.
Telephone comments, as well as comments made at the Public Information Session, are limited to five (5) minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. A copy of these standards is available at the Jacksonville Police Department, 206 Marine Boulevard, Jacksonville, North Carolina between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. For further information, contact the Police Department’s Accreditation Manager, David Teeter, at (910) 455-4000, or by fax at (910) 455-9987, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Jacksonville Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation is requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.
The Jacksonville Police Department must comply with 300 mandatory standards and 80% of the 76 non-mandatory standards in order to maintain its accredited status. A total of 104 standards are not applicable to the agency as they mostly address holding facilities and court security in which are not functions of the agency.
"Every community should expect professional and consistent law enforcement services”, stated Jacksonville Police Chief Mike Yaniero. “We believe that allowing CALEA representatives to come inside our agency for an in-depth look at our operation is an important element of continuous self-improvement.”
The Accreditation Program Manager for the Jacksonville Police Department is David Teeter. The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individual officers, and tour places where compliance can be observed. The assessors will be Chief Richard Mattice of Hudsonville, Michigan and Commander Melvin Lange of North Palm Beach, Florida. Chief Mattice will serve as the team leader of the On-Site Assessment Team. Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the department, they will report back to the Commissioners, who will then decide if the department will be granted re-accredited status.
The Jacksonville Police Department was initially accredited on November 16, 1991 and then re-accredited in November 1996, November 2001, November 2004, November 2007, and November 2010. The accredited status was initially granted for a five-year period. The Commission has reduced the length of time to three years. During these three years, the department has submitted annual reports attesting to its continued compliance with accreditation standards.
For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., contact Maya Mitchell, Program Manager, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155 by phone at 703-352-4225.LEASEAUGUST 2, 2013ACCREDITATION ASSESSMENT TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENTS
For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., contact Maya Mitchell, Program Manager, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155 by phone at 703-352-4225.