Port Orange Police | News Release
Port Orange Police Department
In reply, refer to Gerald M. Monahan, Jr.
Case# CALEA- Re-Accreditation Chief of Police
Date: October 1, 2015
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive in Port Orange on Sunday, November 15, 2015, to examine all aspects of the Port Orange Police Department’s Policy and Procedures, management, operations and support services, Chief Gerald M. Monahan, Jr. announces.
The Port Orange Police Department has to comply with 478 standards in order to gain accredited status. Verification by the team that the Port Orange 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. Port Orange first earned this National Accreditation recognition in March of 2004.
Assessments are conducted once every three years and candidate agencies must demonstrate compliance with applicable standards for each assessment year. In March of 2013, the date of the department’s last award, the Port Orange Police Department was accredited with “Excellence” by CALEA, and was recognized as an “Excelsior” agency by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session Monday Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m. The session will be conducted in the Port Orange City Council Chambers located at City Hall 1000 City Center Circle.
If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, they may do so by telephone. The public may call (386) 506-5896 on Monday November 16, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 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.
Chief Monahan advised the assessment team is composed of public safety practitioners from similar, but out of state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed. The assessment team arriving Sunday November 15, 2015 are: Team Leader: Chief of Police Dean Tongiglia of the Kent State University Police Department and Team Member Lieutenant Drew Hunter of the Prince William County, Virginia, Police Department.
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 accredited status. Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited. For more information regarding Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. please write the Commission at 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, Virginia 22030-2215; or call (800) 368-3757.
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