Washington State Patrol seeks public comment for accreditation
October 20, 2012
NEW — 10 a.m. Oct. 20, 2012
The public can offer comments about the Washington State Patrol as a team of assessors examines the agency’s policy and procedures, management, operations and support services.
The team from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies is due to arrive Nov. 5.
The public and agency personnel can offer comments to the assessors. Call 1-888-795-4483 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Nov. 5. Each telephone comment is limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies standards. Information about the standards is available by contacting state patrol headquarters at 360-596-4141.
Residents can direct written comments are requested to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155-6660.
The state patrol must comply with more 450 standards in order to gain accredited and recognized status. The assessment team is composed of two public safety practitioners from Nebraska and Alberta, Canada. The assessors review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other locations to check compliance.
Once the assessors complete a review of the agency, they report back to the full commission.
Accreditation lasts for three years, and the agency must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with the standards.