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Public safety accreditation team seeks public comment (Released: 1/10/00)

by Richard Veilleux, Office of University Communications

STORRS, Conn. -- A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) will visit campus Jan. 22 to examine all aspects of the University of Connecticut Police Department's policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Robert S. Hudd announced today.

Verification by the team that the UConn Police Department meets the commission's state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation -- a prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, he said.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments during a public information session to be held Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Lewis B. Rome Commons, part of UConn's South Campus residence hall complex. Community members who cannot attend the public session but would like to provide comments to the assessment team may offer their opinions by calling 860-486-5197 from 1-5 p.m. Jan. 24.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with the CALEA standards. A copy of the standards is available for review in the lobby of the police department. The local contact is the Accreditation Unit of the UConn Police Department at 860-486-4543.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the department's ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., (CALEA), 10306 Eaton Place, Suite 320, Fairfax, Va., 22030-2201.

The UConn Police Department must comply with 384 standards to gain accredited status, Hudd said.

The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar from out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed. The assessors are team leader Paul Verracchia, Chief of Police at Brown University; Dan Strunk, Deputy Chief of Police at the University of Alabama at Birmingham; and Lt. Blythe Frausto of the Hobbs, N.M., Police Department. Once the assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full commission, which will then decide whether the agency should be granted accredited status, Hudd said.

Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting to its continued compliance with the standards under which it was initially accredited.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. please write to the commission at 10306 Eaton Place, Suite 320, Fairfax, Va., 22030-2201; or call (800) 368-3757 or (703) 352-4225.