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Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

Contact: Major James M. Manni, Chief of Inspectional Services Telephone: (401) 444-1006

A team of Assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®) will arrive in Rhode Island on Sunday, August 17, 2014 to examine all aspects of the Rhode Island State Police's policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. This team will conduct a "Gold Standard Assessment" as the final step in the Division's "Accreditation with Excellence" re-accreditation process, Colonel Steven G. O'Donnell announced today.

Verification by the team that the Rhode Island State Police meets the Commission's state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to maintain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence. The Rhode Island State Police received initial accreditation status in 1994. The Division has maintained compliance with CALEA's evolving standards, currently 482, to meet today's law enforcement and public safety needs.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to provide comments to the assessment team. They may do so by calling toll free in-state at (401) 444-1058 on Monday, August 18, 2014 between the hours of 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. The telephone comments will be limited to 10 minutes for each call and must address the Division's ability to comply with CALEA's standards. Copies of the standards are available at State Police Headquarters. The contact person is Corporal Laurie Ludovici, the Division's Accreditation Manager, telephone number 444-1016.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Division's ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®) 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

The assessment team is comprised of law enforcement practitioners from two (2) out-of-state agencies and are identified as Chief Charles Walters of the Gwinnett County (Georgia) Police Department and Captain Stacy Kelly of the Newport News (Virginia) Police Department. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit locations throughout the state where compliance can be observed.

Accreditation is for a three (3) years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting to the continued compliance with those applicable standards under which they were re-accredited.

For more information on the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), please write the Field Operations Division at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155; or call (703)-352-4225 or e-mail by visiting their website at www.calea.org.

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Department or agency: Rhode Island State Police

Online: http://www.risp.ri.gov

Release date: 07-28-2014

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