Public comment sought


GREENVILLE – Chief Steve Strick announced today a site-based assessment team from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), will arrive on Aug. 12, to examine all aspects of the Greenville Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. Verification by the team that the Greenville 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.

As part of the assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 7 p.m. The session will be conducted by the CALEA Assessors: Philip Patrone, Accreditation Manager for the Miami Beach Police Department, and Chief Deputy Robert VanNieuwenhuyze, Smithfield, Rhode Island Police Department (retired). The session will take place in the City Council Chambers located at 100 Public Square, Greenville, Ohio (the Municipal Building).

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 937-316-1056 on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 1-3 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 Greenville Police Department, Dispatch/Records Office. Local contact is Joy Hart, 937-548-4175.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Greenville 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, Va. 20155.

The Greenville Police Department has to comply with approximately 459 applicable standards in order to gain accredited status. According to Chief Strick, “Accountability and best practices are the avenue we use to best serve our community – CALEA affords us the framework to achieve these high standards”.

Accreditation is for four years, during which the agency must submit annual reports, and participate in annual remote web-based assessments 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 calea@calea.org