Valdosta Police Department solicits public comments for upcoming CALEA inspection

| March 9, 2017

VALDOSTA – A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) will arrive on April 2, 2017 to examine all aspects of the Valdosta Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

Verification by the Assessment Team that the Valdosta Police Department meets the Commission’s rigid 484 standards is part of a voluntary process to maintain accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. The Valdosta Police Department was originally accredited by CALEA in July of 1999.

As part of the on-site assessment, members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session in the City Hall Annex at 300 North Lee Street on Monday, April 3, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. If for some reason an individual cannot attend the public hearing, but would like to provide comments to the team, the team may be contacted on Tuesday, April 3rd between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., by dialing (229) 293-3095.

Telephone comments and appearances at the public hearing are limited to ten minutes and must address the ability of the Valdosta Police Department to comply with CALEA standards. A copy of the standards is available for viewing by contacting Capt. Kari Williams at (229) 293-3099 or Lieutenant Adam Bembry at (229) 293-3107.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Valdosta Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for re-accreditation may write to:

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)
13575 Heathcote Boulevard
Suite 320
Gainesville, Virginia 20155

The Assessment Team is comprised 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 with CALEA standards can be witnessed. The assessors are Team Leader Assistant Chief Katherine Bryant from North Carolina and Team Member Lieutenant Alex Roffe of Florida. Once the team has completed it’s assessment of the Valdosta Police Department, it will report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency will be re-accredited.

Accreditation is awarded for four years, during which time the Valdosta Police Department must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with the standards and allow for standards verification throughout the 4-year period.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, please write the Commission at:

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)
13575 Heathcote Boulevard
Suite 320
Gainesville, Virginia 20155
(703) 352-4225

You can also visit the CALEA website at www.calea.org.

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