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Sunday, December 2, 2012

A team of accreditation assessors will visit the East Carolina University Police Department this week, and community members are invited to offer comments on Monday during a public information session.

ECU Police Chief Scott Shelton said assessors from the Commission on Accreditation and Law Enforcement Agencies will be on campus to examine all aspects of the department’s polices and procedures, management, operations and support services.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to the public information session at 4 p.m. Monday in the Social Room of Mendenhall Student Center at ECU.

For individuals unable to attend the public information session, comments can be made by calling 737-1580 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday.

All comments — submitted either in person or by telephone — will be limited to 10 minutes and must address the department’s ability to comply with CALEA standards, according to a news release issued last week by ECU. A copy of the standards is available at the ECU Police Department.

The assessment team will be composed of public safety practitioners from similar but out-of-state agencies, according to Maya Mitchell, the CALEA program manager for the ECU Police Department visit.

“Once the 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 re-accredited status,” Mitchell said.

Accreditation is valid for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited and re-accredited.

This is the second time ECU will complete the re-accreditation process, according to the news release.

via The Daily Reflector.

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