F’ville Police seek national re-accreditation

On Sunday, March 30, 2014, a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive in Fayetteville for an on-site assessment as part of a program to achieve national accreditation.

The assessors will examine all aspects of the Fayetteville Police Department and will focus on areas such as policies and procedures, administration, operations and support services. The assessment is conducted to verify the department’s compliance with accreditation standards.

Verification will be made by the team to ensure that the Fayetteville Police Department meets the commission’s state-of-the-art standards (5th Edition). This is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a highly praised and nationwide recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.

As part of the on-site assessment, the public and agency employees are invited to offer comments on the agency’s services and performance at a public information session on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 7 p.m. This session will be conducted in the Fayetteville Council Chambers, located in City Hall at 240 South Glynn Street, Fayetteville, Ga.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session, but would like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. The public may call 770-719-4290 on Monday, March 31, 2014 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Telephone comments, as well as comments made 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 these standards is available at the Fayetteville Police Department, 760 Jimmie Mayfield Blvd., Fayetteville, Ga., between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For further information, contact the Police Department’s Accreditation Manager, Captain Steve Crawshaw, at 770-461-4441, or by fax at 770-460-4243.

Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Fayetteville Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation is requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 13575 Heathcoat Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individual officers and tour places where compliance can be observed.

Chief Stephen Walker a retired police chief (Centerville, Ohio) and Captain Richard Brooks of Flower Mound Police Department (Flower Mound, Texas) will be the assessors for the on-site. Chief Walker will serve as the team leader of the on-site assessment team.

Once the commission’s assessors complete their review of the department, they will report back to the commissioners who will then decide if the department will be granted re-accredited status.

The accreditation period is for three years, during which 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 Agencies, Inc., contact Steve Mitchell, Program Manager, 13575 Heathcoat Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Va. 20155 or by phone at 800-368-3757.

For more information, contact:

Captain Steve Crawshaw – Public Information Officer

Office: (770) 461-4441

Email: scrawshaw@fayetteville-ga.gov