A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. will visit Evanston’s police department next month to check the department’s compliance with professional standards.

The commission administers a voluntary, international accreditation process for law enforcement agencies, which includes triennial on-site assessments by commission-trained assessors. Evanston’s police department has been accredited status since 1989.

From Dec. 14 to 17, assessors from the commission will return for a fifth reaccreditation on-site assessment to verify compliance with standards in policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.

As part of the on-site assessment, community members are invited to offer comments directly to the commission’s assessment team at a public information session at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15. The session will be held in the Parasol Room on the fourth floor of the Evanston Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.

The CALEA assessment team also accepts comments by telephone. The public may call (224) 456 7771 to speak directly to an assessor between the hours of 1 and 3 p.m. on Monday, December 15.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to ten minutes and must address the police department’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available for viewing by the public at the Service Desk in the lobby of the police station at 1454 Elmwood Ave.

Written comments about the Police Department’s ability to meet commission standards for accreditation may be mailed to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030-2215, or sent via email to calea@calea.org.

The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.

The three assessors are team leader Captain David R. Teeter, Jacksonville, N.C., Police Department, plus Lieutenant Gregg N. Jones, Lexington,Ky., Division of Police, and Harold T. LeMay, Jr., Connecticut Police Academy.

Once the commission’s assessors complete their review of the police department, they report back to the full commission, which will then decide the accreditation status of the Evanston police department for the next three years. Another assessment team will return in 2011.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., call (800) 368 3757 or visit the CALEA website.

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