A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive on Sunday, April 6, 2014 to examine all aspects of the Fort Myers Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations and support services.
Verification by the team that the Fort Myers Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain national accreditation – a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments a public information session on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. The session will be conducted in the Council Chambers at City Hall located at 2200 Second Street, Fort Myers.
If for some reason an individual is unable to speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so via telephone. The public may call 239-321-7779 on Monday, April 7, 2014 from 2 p.m. to 4 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 standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Fort Myers Police Department. Contact Maureen Buice at 239-321-7690.
Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Fort Myers 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 20155 or visit www.calea.org. The Fort Myers Police Department has to comply with 464 standards in order to gain national accreditation.
The CALEA Program Manager for the Fort Myers Police Department is Vincent Dauro. The assessment team is composed of public safety professionals from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals and observe agency practices to witness compliance. The assessors are:
Mr. William Pease from Nashua Police Department, New Hampshire
Captain Christopher Settle from Culpeper Police Department, Virginia
Once the CALEA Assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accreditation. Accreditation is valid for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which the agency was initially accredited.
For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) please visit www.calea.org or call (703) 352-4225.