Public asked to weigh in on IOP Police accreditation

  • Friday, December 13, 2013

Chief Thomas E. Buckhannon, III, announces that a team of assessors from the

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) will arrive on Dec. 15 to examine all aspects of the Isle of Palms Police Departmentís policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

Verification by the team that the Isle of Palms Police Department meets the commissionís state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to maintain accreditation-a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.

ďThe Isle of Palms Police Department has to comply with standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations and support services in order to maintain accredited status,Ē Chief Buckhannon states.

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. 16 at 6 p.m. or by calling 843-256-5560 on Dec. 16 between the hours of l and 3 p.m. The session will be conducted in the City of Isle of Palms Public Safety Building Training Room, 30 JC Long Boulevard.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to l0 minutes and must address the agencyís ability to comply with CALEA standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Police Department Accreditation Office. The local contact is Captain Kimberly Usry 843-886-6522.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Isle of Palms Police Departmentís ability to meet the standards for

accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Va., 20155 or www.calea.org.

Captain Kimberly Usry administers the accreditation program for the police department. 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 andother places where compliante can be witnessed. The assessors are Chief Mark Palmer from Coventry, Conn., and Dorris Certain of University Park, Texas. Once the commissionís assessors complete their review of the agency, they report to the full commission, which will then decide if the agency is to maintain its accredited status.

Accreditation is valid for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited and re-accredited.

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