(Media Advisory) Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment
(Fairfax County, Virginia: April 11th, 2016)—A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), will arrive on April 10, 2016 to examine all aspects of the Fairfax County Police Department policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr. announced today. Verification by the team that Fairfax County Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation—a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence, he said. As part of the assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on April 11, 2016 at 5pm. The session will be conducted at the Fairfax County Government Center in the main level board auditorium located at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22030.
If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. The public may call 703-246-2384 on April 11th between 9:30am and 11:30am.
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 Fairfax County Police Headquarters located at the Massey Building, 4100 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030. Local contact is Accreditation Manager, Camie King, 703-246-2793.
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Fairfax County Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA®), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155.
The Fairfax County Police Department has to comply with a total of 389 standards in order to gain accredited status. “Our goal,” remarked Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr., “is to demonstrate to our community that their Police Department continues to be progressive and innovative by allowing ourselves to be benchmarked against the best practices for our profession within our state and nationally.”
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.
For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155; or call (703) 352-4225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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