Media Relaese 15-2015 | University of Missouri Police Department

MEDIA RELEASE -- July 8, 2015

Contact: Captain B. Weimer
Office (573) 882-5923
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ACCREDITATION ASSESSMENT TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT

University of Missouri Police, A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive July 12, 2015 to examine all aspects of the University of Missouri Police Department's Policies and Procedures, Management, Operations and Support Services, Captain Brian Weimer announced today.

Verification by the team that the MU Police Department meets the Commission's state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – the gold standard in public safety, he said.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 13 in room 2206 C of the Student Center on the University of Missouri Campus located at 901 Rollins Street in Columbia Missouri.

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 or she may do so by telephone. The public may call (573) 882-3518 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Monday, July 13.

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. For more information on the standards contact Captain Brian Weimer at (573) 882-5923 or go to CALEA's web site at: http://www.calea.org/content/law-enforcement-program-standards

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the University of Missouri Police Department's ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

The CALEA Program Manager for the University Police Department is Tim Baysinger. The assessment team is composed of public safety practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors are: Captain Jeffery Pierce and Ms. Portia Swinson. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed.

Once the CALEA Assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted re-accredited status. Accreditation is for four 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. please write to the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155, call (703) 352-4225, or visit their web site at: http://www.calea.org/

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