A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. will arrive in Winston-Salem Aug.12 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,” he said.
As part of the commission’s assessment, department employees and city residents are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday, Aug. 14 at 5:30 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 773-7993 on Monday, Aug. 13, between 1 and 3 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 in the lobby of the Public Safety Center, 725 N. Cherry St. Residents with questions should contact Cpl. David McCracken, the department accreditation manager, at 773-7788.
Written comments may be sent to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA, 20155.
“The re-accreditation process is an outstanding tool for ensuring that the Winston-Salem Police Department is delivering the most effective professional police services possible to the citizens of this community,” Cunningham said. “We continually conduct an extensive and thorough analysis of every aspect of our operations, management and directives to voluntarily meet these standards.”
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 Wendell Register, of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and Lisa Hannon of the Baltimore County Police Department.
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 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA, 20155; or call (703) 352-4225.