The Anne Arundel Community College Department of Public Safety is scheduled for an on-site assessment in June as part of a program to achieve accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards.
Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA ®), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services. To measure the college department’s compliance, a CALEA Assessment Team is offering the community opportunities to comment by phone, in writing and in person.
The Assessment Team is available to take comments by phone at 410-777-1278 on Monday, June 4, beginning at 2 p.m. As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are also invited to offer comments at a public information session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at the college Central Services Building Room 130 at 101 College Parkway, Arnold, MD 21012-1895.
Phone 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 college Department of Public Safety in the Central Services Building. Contact Cleveland Smith, department deputy director and accreditation manager, at 410-777-1190.
Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to Karen Shepard at the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA ®), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Gainesville, Va. 20155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Smith said the Assessment Team is composed of experienced out-of-state campus law enforcement professionals. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals and inspect facilities where compliance can be witnessed. The assessors are Chief Thomas Engells, University of Texas Medical Branch Police Department and team leader with Francis McLaurin, town manager, Waxhaw, N.C.
The assessors will complete their review of the department and report back to CALEA, which will then decide whether to grant the department accredited status. Accreditation is for three years, during which the department must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with the standards under which it was initially accredited.