Police Department takes steps toward accreditation

May. 08, 2013 @ 06:45 PM

The Durham Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to achieve accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards.

Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. The accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations and support services.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session June 10 at 6:30 p.m. The session will be in the Durham City Council Chambers at City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza downtown.

Agency employees and the public are also invited to offer comments by calling 919-560-4594  June 10 between 1 and 3 p.m.  Comments will be taken by the assessment team.

Telephone comments and appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the commission’s standards.  For questions concerning the standards, contact Samuel Farina Jr. at 919-560-4581.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Durham Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320 Gainesville, Va. 20155 or email calea@calea.org.