Accreditation assessment team to visit next week
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies will arrive next week to examine all aspects of the Bellevue Police Department's policy and procedures, management, operations and support services, Chief Steve Mylett has announced.
As part of the assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Dec. 6, 6 p.m., in room 1E-120 at City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE.
Verification by the team that the Bellevue department meets CALEA's state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation -- a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence.
The Bellevue Police Department has to comply with 484 standards in order to gain accredited status, Chief Mylett noted. CALEA accreditation ensures that we, as an organization, are following the most current best practices in how we provide police services to the community, said Mylett.
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 calling 425-452-2566 on Dec. 6 between 2 and 4 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 standards is available at the Bellevue Police Department. The local contact is Captain Jon Hoffman, 425-452-6188.
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the department's ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.
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.
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