A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA), will arrive on Nov. 7, 2016, to examine all aspects of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Police Force’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Antonio Williams announced today.
Verification by the team that UMB Police Force meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence, he said. As part of the assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, at 3 p.m. The session will be conducted in Room PH111 of the UMB School of Pharmacy located at 20 N. Pine St., Baltimore, MD 21201.
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 telephone. The public may call 410-706-2590 on Nov. 8, 2016 between noon and 2 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 Pine Street Station, 214 N. Pine St., Baltimore, MD 21201. Local contact is Lieutenant Christopher Finn, who may be reached at 410-706-6389.
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the UMB Police Force’s ability to meet standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc., (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.
The UMB Police Force has to comply with 485 standards in order to gain accredited status, Chief Williams said. “Through accreditation, we continuously evaluate ourselves against a set of recognized standards that ensure we provide the best possible service to faculty, staff, students, and visitors of the University of Maryland, Baltimore,” said Chief Williams.
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.
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, VA 20155; or call (703) 352-4225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.