A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. will arrive in Winston-Salem on August 22 to begin an examination of all aspects of the Winston-Salem Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.
The department has been accredited by the commission since 1997. The site visit is part of the re-accreditation process, said Police Chief Scott Cunningham. “Verification by the assessment team that the Winston-Salem Police Department continues to meet the commission’s internationally accepted state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain re-accreditation - a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” she said.
As part of the commission’s assessment, department employees and city residents are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m., in the Council Chamber in City Hall, 101 N. Main St.
Residents who cannot attend the public information session may make their comments by telephone. Residents may call 773-7778 on Sunday, Aug. 23, between
1 and 4 p.m.
All comments, by phone or at the public information session, are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to maintain compliance with the commission’s standards. A copy of the standards is available from the Police Department’s Operations Support Division, Suite 360 of the Public Safety Center, 725 N. Cherry St. Residents should contact Sergeant Bobby Brown, the department accreditation manager, at 773-7778.
Written comments may be sent to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, Va., 22030-2215.
The Winston-Salem Police Department must comply with 462 standards in order to maintain accredited status. The assessment team comprises commission-trained professional law enforcement personnel from similar, out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and work sites where compliance with accreditation standards can be witnessed.
The assessors are Dan Bruno of the Gwinnett County Police Department in Lawrenceville, Ga.; and Burl W. Haenel of the Scottsdale Police Department in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Once the assessors complete their review, they report back to the full
commission, which will then decide if the department is re-accredited. Re-accreditation is awarded for three years, during which the department must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with the standards under which it was initially accredited.
For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, write the commission at 10306 Eaton Place, Suite 320, Fairfax, Va., 22030-2201; or call (800) 368-3757.
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