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Posted on: October 8, 2019

Derby Police Department Accreditation Team Invites Public Comment

Derby Police Department

In early November, a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA), will be in Derby to examine the Derby Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations and support services as part of the accreditation process.

Verification by the team that the Derby Police Department 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.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and community members are invited to offer comments at a Public Information Session on Tuesday, November 5 at 5:30 p.m. at The Lodge at Warren Riverview Park, 321 W. Market St.

If you cannot attend the Public Information Session and would like to provide comments, you may call 316-469-3266 on November 5 between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 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 Derby Police Department, 229 N. Baltimore Ave. The local contacts are Accreditation Manager/Deputy Chief Brandon Russell and Assistant Accreditation Manager/Lt. Karensa Schiffel. Both can be reached at 316-788-1557.

Those who prefer to provide written comments about the Derby Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation should write to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20115.

The Assessment Team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from out-of-state agencies. The team will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit events and places where compliance can be witnessed. The assessors for Derby’s review are Team Leader Blythe Frausto (Arizona State University Police Department) and Team Member Lt. Aimee Haley (Columbus Division of Police, Columbus, OH).              

Once the Assessment Team completes its review of the police department, they will report back to the full Commission, which will decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status. Accreditation is good for four years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports showing continued compliance with those standards under which they were initially accredited.

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