TPD Slated for Ninth National Accreditation Assessment
November 13, 2013
The Tallahassee Police Department is making its final preparations for a mid-December accreditation assessment visit by a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®). The Tallahassee Police Department received its initial national accreditation in 1986 and has successfully maintained its accredited status ever since, making it one of the longest continually accredited law enforcement agencies in North America.
The Tallahassee Police Department currently complies with 481 standards addressing all aspects of police operations - management, operations, and support services. Interim Chief of Police Tom Coe said, “The Department’s continuing compliance with nationally-accepted best practices reflects the City’s unwavering commitment to provide the best possible public safety services to the citizens of Tallahassee.”
The CALEA assessment team will arrive on December 15th, 2013. The team is comprised of public safety practitioners from similar, but out-of-state law enforcement agencies. The assessors will review documents, conduct interviews, and inspect offices and equipment as part of the on-site visit to verify compliance.
The CALEA assessors for this assessment are Major (ret.) Daniel Bruno from Georgia and Lieutenant Andrew Spiess from Virginia.
Once the CALEA assessors complete their review of the Department, they will make a recommendation to the full CALEA Commission, who will then decide if the Tallahassee Police Department is to be granted re-accreditation status. If granted, the re-accreditation is for three years.
As part of the assessment, Department personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on December 16th at 7:00 p.m. The session will be held in the Tallahassee Room located on the second floor of City Hall, 300 South Adams Street.
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 (850) 891-4727 on Monday, December 16th between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Telephone comments and 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 by contacting the Tallahassee Police Department’s Accreditation Manager, Lieutenant (ret.) Edward Smith at (850) 891-4200.
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Tallahassee 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, Virginia 20155.
David Northway, TPD Public Information Office, (850) 891-4255