RCPD policies and procedures to be assessed

By The Mercury

Riley County officials announced that a team from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will assess the Riley County Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services starting Dec. 3.

Verification by the team that the Riley County Police Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary accreditation process.

The Riley County Police Department received its initial accreditation from CALEA in 1991. At that time the department received the award of being a Flagship Agency.

Department employees and community members are invited to offer comments at a public information session at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the City Commission Meeting Room, located at 1101 Poyntz Ave.

If an individual cannot speak at the public information session, but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, they may call (785) 565-4183 on Dec. 4 between 2 and 4 p.m.

Telephone comments, as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards.

A copy of the standards is available at the Riley County Law Enforcement Center. For additional information or to obtain a copy of the standards contact Suellyn Hooper, the department’s accreditation manager, at (785) 537-2112 ext. 2270.

To submit written comments about the Riley County Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation write to Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Gainesville, VA 20155.

Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

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