A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) will arrive on Sunday, Aug. 3, to examine all aspects of the Oswego Police Department’s policies and procedures, field operations, criminal investigations and support services.
Verification by the team that the Oswego Police Department meets the Commission’s state of the art standards is part of a voluntary process to maintain accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. The Oswego Police Department has to comply with the 481 standards in order to maintain accredited status.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5. This session will be conducted at the Oswego Police Department, located at 3525 Route 34 in the downstairs training room.
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 (630) 551-7300 on Monday Aug. 4, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 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’s standards. Arrangements may be made to view any of the standards at the Police Department by contacting Accreditation Manager Cathleen Nevara at (630)551-7300.
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Oswego Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on
Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.
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 assessors are:
- Chief Donald Bowen – Lebanon Police Department, Lebanon, Tennessee (Team Leader)
- Captain Sharon Massey – Deer Park Police Department, Deer Park, Texas
Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted re-accreditation.
Accreditation is for three years, during which time 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 the Commission at: 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155; or call (703)352-4225 or visit www.calea.org.