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Posted on: July 20, 2020

Accreditation Team Invites Public Comment

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As part of their commitment to maintaining the highest standards of professionalism and providing the community with exceptional police services, the Surprise Police Department has voluntarily participated in the law enforcement accreditation process since 2007.  The Surprise Police Department is one of approximately 1,000 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.  

Between August 3-5, 2020, assessors from CALEA will be conducting a virtual assessment of the Surprise Police Department as part of the reaccreditation process prior to granting reaccreditation for another four years.  Due to the COVID-19 situation, no CALEA assessors will be on-site during the assessment.  However, members of the community and agency personnel are invited to offer comments at a public information session hosted by the assessors scheduled for Monday, August 3, 2020, between 4:00 and 5:30 PM.  The session will be conducted as a virtual meeting.  Participants may call-in to join the meeting during the specified time at 623-222-7945, or send emails to SPD.CALEA@surpriseaz.gov.

For those who are unable to participate in the public information session, but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, they may do so by telephone or email at a public call-in session on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.  To speak with one of the CALEA Assessors, please call 623-222-7945 during this designated time.  Telephone comments during the public call-in session are limited to three minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the CALEA Standards.  To contact the CALEA Assessors by email, please use SPD.CALEA@surpriseaz.gov.  A copy of the CALEA standards is available for review at the Surprise Police Department, located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza, Suite 103.  For questions, please contact Commander Randy Rody of the Surprise Police Department Professional Development Division, at (623) 222-4238.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the ability of Surprise Police Department to meet the standards for reaccreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA®), 13575 Heathcoat Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA. 20155, to the attention of Mark Mosier, the Surprise Police Department Regional Program Manager.

The CALEA assessment team is comprised of public safety practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies.  They will review written materials, and interview employees and community members.  The assessors for the August 2020 virtual assessment are Chief John Bruce of Richland (WA) Police Department and Lieutenant Kevin Konrad of Oshkosh (WI) Police Department.

Once the CALEA assessors complete their review of the Surprise Police Department, they compile a written report for submission to the full CALEA Commission, which will then decide if the Surprise Police Department is to be granted reaccredited status.  Reaccreditation is for four years, during which time the Department must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited in 2007, and reaccredited in 2010, 2013, and 2016.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc, please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcoat Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155; or call (703) 352-4225, email calea@calea.org, or visit their website at https://www.calea.org/.

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