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Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive Sunday, July 30, 2017 to examine all aspects of the Gaston County Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

Verification by the team that Gaston County Police Department 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, Chief Ramey said.  As a part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session to be held on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 6:00 pm.  The session will be conducted in the Pendleton Community Room at the Gaston County Police Department located at 420 W. Franklin Blvd. Gastonia, NC. 

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 704-866-3362 on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 between the hours of 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.

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.  A copy of the standards is available at the Gaston County Police Department.  The local contact is Laura Bumgardner, 704-866-3378.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Gaston County Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.

The Gaston County Police Department has to comply with 381 applicable standards in order to gain accredited status, Chief Ramey said.

Accreditation is for three years (September 2014-2017), 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 the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155; or call 703-352-4225 or email calea@calea.org.