Vandalia police to undergo accreditation assessment


Public invited to make comments on Monday

Staff report



VANDALIA – A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive July 26, 2015 to examine all aspects of the Vandalia Division of Police policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Doug Knight, Chief of Police announced today.

Verification by the team that the Division of Police meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to maintain accreditation—a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, he said.

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, July 27, 6:30 p.m. The session will be conducted in the Justice Center Community Room, 245 James Bohanan Memorial Dr., Vandalia. Agency employees and the public are also invited to offer comments by telephone, calling (937) 415-2374 on Monday, July 27, between the hours of 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 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 Vandalia police headquarters, 245 James E. Bohanan Drive. Local contact is Mary Showers, (937) 898-5868, ext 2267.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the police division’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 22030-2215.

The Vandalia Division of Police has to comply with more than 480 standards in order to maintain accredited status, Chief Knight said.

The Accreditation Program Manager for the Vandalia Division of Police is Mrs. Mary Showers. She said 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: Team leader Chief Carl Schinner, La Plata Police Department, La Plata, MD and Mr. Samuel Farina, Southern Pines Police Department, Southern Pines, NC. 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, Mrs. Showers stated.

Accreditation is for three years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 22030-2215 or www.calea.org.

Public invited to make comments on Monday

Staff report

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 22030-2215 or www.calea.org.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 22030-2215 or www.calea.org.

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