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Re-Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

Thomas Hanson, Executive Director of the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County Emergency Communications Center (ECC) announced today that a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive Monday, August 10, 2015 to examine all aspects of the ECC’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support  services.

Verification by the team that the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County ECC meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation-a highly prized recognition of emergency communications professional excellence, he said.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session.  Individuals that would like to provide comments to the assessment team may do so by phone.  The public may call 434-971-1299 on Wednesday, August 12thth between the hours of 3p.m. and 5p.m.

Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards.  A copy of the standards are available at the ECC.  Local contact is Deborah Wade, PS Training Accreditation Supervisor, at (434) 971-1022.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County ECC’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

The Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County ECC has to comply with 213 standards in order to gain accredited status, Hanson said.   Hanson stated “Accreditation makes us a more professional agency and challenges us to excel in our core values of Integrity, Innovation, Stewardship and Learning.  It provides additional creditability to an excellent Emergency Communications System.”

According to Deborah Wade, the PS Training Accreditation Supervisor for Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle County ECC the assessment team is comprised of law enforcement and communications practitioners from similar but out-of-state agencies.  The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.  The assessors are team leader Chief Michael Bussiere, Lewiston Police Department, Lewiston, ME and Ms. Julie Jones with the Calcasieu Parish Public Safety Communications District, Lake Charles, LA.  Once the Commissioner’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 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 Blvd, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155; or call (800) 368-3757 or (703) 352-4225.

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