CALEA assessing Surprise Police Department for reaccreditation; public comment invited
The Surprise Police Department is committed to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and providing the community with exceptional police services. As part of that commitment, the Surprise Police Department has voluntarily participated in the law enforcement accreditation process since 2007. The Surprise Police Department is one of 1,031 law enforcement agencies in the United States that are currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA ®). In order to achieve and maintain accreditation, CALEA requires agencies to comply with more than 400 state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policies and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.
In August 2016, assessors from CALEA will be conducting an on-site assessment of the Surprise Police Department prior to granting reaccreditation for another four years. As part of the CALEA reaccreditation process, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday, August 8, 2016, at 5:00 PM. The session will be conducted in the Surprise City Hall Council Chambers located at 16000 North Civic Center Plaza, Surprise AZ.
For those who may be unable to attend the public information session, agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments by calling 623-222-7945 on August 9, 2016, between the hours of 1:00 and 3:00 PM. Comments will be taken by the assessment team during this time.
Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to three minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the CALEA standards. A copy of the standards manual is available for review at Surprise Police Department, located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza, Suite 103. For questions, please contact Surprise Police Department Accreditation Manager, Debra L. Stewart, at 623-222-4248.
Those wishing to submit written comments about the ability of Surprise Police Department to comply with the CALEA standards for reaccreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, (CALEA ®), 13575 Heathcoat Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville VA 20155, to the attention of Mark Mosier, the Surprise Police Department Program Manager.