Fayetteville Police Chief Greg Tabor announced today the Fayetteville Police Department is seeking a national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). 

A team of assessors from CALEA will arrive November 18, 2012, to examine all aspects of the Fayetteville Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.  Verification by the team that Fayetteville 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 public safety professional excellence.   

CALEA’s Standards for law enforcement agencies and its accreditation programs are recognized as benchmarks for professional law enforcement agencies.  Accreditation is a means for developing or improving upon agency relationships with the community.  Accreditation strengthens an agency’s accountability, both within the agency and the community, through a continuum of standards that clearly defines authority, performance and responsibility.  Accreditation can limit an agency’s liability and risk exposure because it demonstrates that internationally accepted standards for law enforcement have been met and verified.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday, November 19, 2012, at 5:00 p.m.  The session will be conducted in the Fayetteville District Courtroom located at 176 South Church Avenue in Fayetteville. 

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 (479) 973-4840 on November 19, 2012, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to speak to CALEA assessors.

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 Standards.  A copy of the standards is available at the Fayetteville Police Department.   

The Fayetteville Police Department has to comply with one-hundred ninety standards in order to gain accredited status.

The assessors are: Team Leader Director William Howe and Team Member Ms. Deborah Furka. Once the CALEA 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.

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

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Fayetteville Police Department’s ability to meet standards for accreditation, or who are seeking additional information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., are encouraged to write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155; or call (800) 368-3757 or (703) 352-4225 or email calea@calea.org.