Evansville Police set for Accreditation review


A team of assessors from the Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive on November 2, 2014 to examine all aspects of the Evansville Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

Verification by the team shows that Evansville Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. This is part of a volunteer process to gain 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 on Monday, November 3, 2014 at 6:00pm. The session will be conducted in room 307 of the Civic Center.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team they may call 812-435-6104 on Monday, November 3, 2014 between the hours of 2:00pm-4:00pm.

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 the Standards is available at the Evansville Police Department, Sergeant Richard Hubbard, Accreditation Manager at the Chief’s Complex 812-436-7896

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Evansville Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to:

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA),
13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320
Gainesville, Virginia 20155
or email calea@calea.org.

The Evansville Police Department has to comply with 381 standards in order to remain accredited, Chief Billy Bolin said. “This process demonstrates to the community and to agency personnel that the Evansville Police Department continues to pursue professional excellence”.

The CALEA Program Manager for Evansville Police Department is Mrs. Christie Goddard. Mrs. Goddard said the assessment team is composed of public safety practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed.

The assessors are:

Lead Assessor:
Richard Mattice, Chief
Kentwood Police Department
Hudsonville, MI

John Clifton, Major
Johns Creek Police Department
Johns Creek, GA

“Once the CALEA Assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status” Program Manager Mrs. Christie Goddard stated.

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

If you would like to have more information, you may contact:

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA),
13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320,
Gainesville, Virginia 20155
703-352-4225 or email calea@calea.org.

You may also visit the CALEA website at www.calea.org for more information.