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A site-based assessment team from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®) will arrive Monday, January 21 to examine all aspects of the Pasco Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services.
Verification by the team that Pasco Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation—a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence. As part of the assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday, January 22 at 5:00 PM. The session will be conducted in City of Pasco Council Chambers located at 525 N 3rd Ave.
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 509-545-3454 on Tuesday, January 22 between the hours of 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM.
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. Standards are available upon request. Local contact is Angela Pashon at 509-545-3437 or [email protected].
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Pasco Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA®), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155.
The Pasco Police Department has to comply with over 360 standards in order to gain accredited status. According to Police Chief Bob Metzger, “This is an important step for the department to show the community the sincerity of its commitment to the providing the highest quality service to the city of Pasco.”
Accreditation is for four years, during which the agency must submit annual reports, and participate in annual remote web-based assessments attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.
For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155; or call (703) 352-4225 or email [email protected].