Oklahoma City Police Department to be inspected as part of accreditation process

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OKLAHOMA CITY- A team of assessors for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive on March 20, 2016 to examine all aspects of the Oklahoma City Police Department’s Policy and Procedures, Management, Operations, and Support Services, Chief William Citty announced today.

Verification by the team that the Oklahoma City Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain re-accreditation – a significant recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, he said. The Oklahoma City Police Department received initial accreditation through CALEA in 2007, and has been Re-Accredited in 2010 and 2013.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on March 21, 2016 at 5:30pm. The session will be conducted in the Oklahoma City Council Chambers at City Hall, 200 N. Walker, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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 (405) 316-5716 on March 21, 2016 between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 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 Oklahoma City Police Department Headquarters Building. Local contact is Lieutenant Heather Durham at (405) 297-1162 and the Public Information Coordinator, Captain Paco Balderrama at (405) 297-1111.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Oklahoma City Police Department’s ability to meet standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 300, Gainesville, Virginia 20155 , attention Randy Scott.

The Oklahoma City Police Department has to comply with all nationally recognized standards in order to gain re-accredited status. It is important to our agency to maintain the highest level of excellence in public service.

The Accreditation Manager for the Oklahoma City Police Department is Lieutenant Heather Durham. She advised the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similarly composed agencies, but from out of state. The assessors review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and off site locations where compliance can be verified. The assessors are: Team Leader- Randy Cripe, Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department, and Team Member – Lieutenant Drew Hunter, Prince William County Police Department. Once the Commission’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 the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which they were originally accredited.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. please write the Commission at Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote, Suite 300, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155; or call (800) 368-3757 or (703) 352-4225 or email calea@calea.org.