A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive in Providence on Sunday, March 19, 2017, to examine all aspects of the Providence Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.
Verification by the team that the Providence Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to maintain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 20, 2017. The session will be conducted in the auditorium of the Providence Public Safety Complex, 325 Washington Street, Providence, RI 02903.
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 calling (401)-536-6812 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 20, 2017. Comments will be taken by the assessment team at that time.
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’s standards. A copy of these standards is available at the Providence Public Safety Complex. The contact person is Lieutenant Joseph D. Acampora, Jr., the department’s Accreditation Manager, who may be reached at (401)-243-6385.
Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Providence Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may either submit them here or send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155.
The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar, out-of-state agencies. The assessors review written materials, conduct interview individuals, and visit offices and off-site locations where compliance can be witnessed. The assessors are listed below.
Assistant Chief Stacy Kelly
Newport News Police Department
Newport News, Virginia
Lieutenant Edward Smith
Tallahassee Police Department
Once the CALEA assessors complete their on-site review of the agency, they will report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted reaccreditation. Reaccreditation is for four years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with all applicable CALEA® accreditation standards.
For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., visit www.calea.org, call (703)-352-4225, or write to the Commission at:
Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.
13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320
Gainesville, Virginia, 20155