Public input sought on SVPD accreditation assessment

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Sierra Vista, AZ.  10/28/16. A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. will arrive on Monday, Nov. 7, to examine all aspects of the Sierra Vista Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

“Verification by the team that SVPD meets the commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to retain accreditation, which is a highly-prized recognition of public safety professional excellence,” Sierra Vista Police Chief Adam Thrasher says. SVPD was first accredited by CALEA in 2014.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday, Nov. 7, at 5 p.m. The session will be held in the Sierra Vista Public Library’s Mona Bishop Room. If an individual cannot speak at the public information session, but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he or she may do so by calling (520) 439-2399 on Tuesday, Nov. 8, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 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 CALEA standards will be available at the Sierra Vista Police Department from Oct. 31 through Nov. 3.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Sierra Vista Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation/recognition are requested to write to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Ste. 320, Gainsville, Virginia 20155

“The Sierra Vista Police Department must comply with 189 standards to retain accreditation. We strive to meet the latest benchmarks to ensure we can offer the best possible service to our citizens,” Thrasher says.

Pursuit of accredited status reaffirms SVPD’s commitment to operate efficiently and meet cutting-edge law enforcement standards in order to provide high quality service to the community. Key benefits of accredited status include risk reduction and potentially lower liability insurance costs.

Accreditation is for four years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, please write the commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Ste. 320, Gainsville, Virginia 20155; call (800) 368-3757 or (703) 352-4225; or email calea@nullcalea.org.

For more information about SVPD’s accreditation efforts, call Jen Charest at (520) 452-7500.