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Police Accreditation Team Invites Public Comment

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive March 20, 2017, to examine all aspects of the Lakewood Police Department policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Dan McCasky announced today.

Verification by the team that Lakewood Police 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.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 6:00 P.M. The session will be conducted in the Training Room at the Lakewood Police Department, 445 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood, CO.

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/she may do so by telephone. The public may call 303-987-7744 on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 between the hours of 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Lakewood Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainsville, Virginia 20155.

The Lakewood Police Department has to comply with 484 standards in order to gain accredited status.
The CALEA Program Manager for the Lakewood Police Department is Mr. Mark Mosier. He said 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 assessors are: John Bruce, Chief of Police, (Friscon, TX Police Department) and Sergeant Christopher Connolly (Chesterfield MO Police Department). Chief Bruce will serve as the Team Leader.
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.

Posted on: Friday, March 10, 2017