A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive in Iowa City on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, to examine aspects of the Iowa City Police Department's (ICPD) policy and procedures, management, operations, and services. Verification by the team that the ICPD meets the Commission's state-of-the art standards is a part of a voluntary process to maintain accreditation. Accreditation is important to the ICPD as it keeps our policies current with the best practices across the United States.
Accreditation occurs in three year cycles, during which the Department must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with the standards under which it was accredited. The ICPD had standards in order to gain accredited status. This is the Departments 5th re-accreditation, with the initial award of accreditation occurring in 2002.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, at 4:30 p.m. The session will be conducted at the Iowa City Public Library, meeting room A, located at 123 S. Linn Street.
If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session, but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, she/he may do so by telephone. The public may call 319-356-5407 on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, between the hours of 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Telephone comments, as well as appearances at the public information sessions are limited to five minutes and should address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA's standards.
Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Iowa City Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 22030-2215 or www.calea.org.
For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 22030-2215 or www.calea.org.