Rockford Police Department to undergo accreditation assessment; public comments sought Dec. 8

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Assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive in Rockford Dec. 7 to examine all aspects of the Rockford Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations and support services. Verification by the assessors that the Rockford Police Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation.

The purpose of CALEA’s Law Enforcement Accreditation Program is to improve the delivery of public safety services. This is accomplished primarily by maintaining a body of standards developed by public safety practitioners covering a range of up-to-date public safety initiatives, establishing and administering an accreditation process, and recognizing professional excellence.

The Rockford Police Department earned initial accreditation in 2009 and was awarded re-accreditation in 2012. The department is a member of approximately 5 percent of law enforcement agencies that have received accreditation through CALEA.

Agency members and the public are also invited to offer comments by calling (815) 961-3225 between 1 and 3 p.m., Monday, Dec. 8. For the hearing-impaired, a T.T.Y. line at the Rockford Police Department is available at (815) 967-7052. Members of the assessment team will take comments.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a Public Information Session from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday, Dec. 8, at Henrietta School, 200 N. Johnston Ave., Rockford.

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 Rockford Police Department website at www.rockfordil.gov.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Rockford Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

Posted Dec. 4, 2014

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