|2011 ACCREDITATION ASSESSMENT TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT|
Douglas County Sheriffs Office
ACCREDITATION ASSESSMENT TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT
Omaha, Nebraska â€“ A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA), will arrive August 7, 2011, to examine all aspects of the Douglas County Sheriffs Office policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Sheriff Timothy Dunning announced today.
Verification by the team that the Douglas County Sheriffs Office meets the Commissionâ€™s state-of-the art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation â€“ a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.
As part of the On-Site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a Public Information Session Monday, August 8th, 2011, at 6:00 p.m.Â The session will be conducted in the Douglas County Sheriffs Office Law Enforcement Center training room at 3601 North 156th Street, Omaha, Nebraska.
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.Â The public may call 402-444-6609 on Monday, August 8th, 2011, between the hours of 1:00 pm â€“ 3:00 pm.
Telephone comments, as well as appearances at the Public Information Session, are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agencyâ€™s ability to comply with CALEAâ€™s standards.Â A copy of the standards is available at the Douglas County Sheriffs Office.Â Local contact is Accreditation Manager Rob Sofie, (402) 444-6664.
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Douglas County Sheriffs Officeâ€™ ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write:Â Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155.
An Assessment Team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies.Â The assessors will review written materials; interview individuals; and visit functions and other places where compliance can be witnessed.Â The assessors for this review are:
Once the Commissionâ€™s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status.
Accreditation is for three years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which they were initially accredited.
For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the Field Operations Division at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155; or call (703) 352-4225.