BERLIN- On Monday, Oct. 21, a team of assessors will examine the Berlin Police Department, a process that will include an opportunity for comments from the public the following night.
Chief of Police John M. Klett announced a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive on Oct. 21 to examine all aspects of the Berlin Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, investigations, and support services,
As part of the assessment, members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session being held on Tuesday, Oct. 22, beginning at 6 p.m. The session will be conducted in the town council chambers on the third floor of the Berlin Town Hall at 240 Kensington Road.
If for some reason, an individual cannot speak at the public information session, but would still like to provide a comment, statements may be made by telephone by calling 860-828-7171 on the 22nd between the hours of 1:30 and 3 p.m.
Both telephone and in person comments will be limited to 10 minutes and must only address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of these standards is available at the Berlin Police Department.
The department has to comply with 100 percent of the CALEA mandatory standards and at least 80 percent of the non-mandatory standards in order to gain accredited status. Receiving accredited status is an important achievement for the department, Klett said.
In addition to creating a more smoothly run department, accreditation also limits the department’s liability and risk exposure.
The Berlin Police Department has been an internationally accredited agency since 1996 and is now seeking its 7th re-accreditation.
Accreditation is for four years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.
The team of assessors is a group composed of public safety practitioners from similar, but out of state agencies.
For more information regarding the CALEA, their mailing address is 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155. You can also call 703-352-4225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.