A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will conduct a virtual on-site assessment on April 12, 2021 to examine all aspects of the North Palm Beach Police Department policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services.
Verification by the team that the North Palm Beach Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain re-accreditation – a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, he said.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a virtual public information session on April 13, 2021 at 1 p.m. The session will take place in the Village Council Chambers located at 501 U.S. Highway 1, North Palm Beach.
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 the assessors at either (207) 577-0839 or (678) 618-5052 on April 13, 2021 between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the North Palm Beach Police Department and its ability to meet the standards for re-accreditation are requested to write to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc., (CALEA) 13575 Heathcoat Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA, 20155.
The North Palm Beach Police Department has to comply with 366 standards in order to gain re-accredited status, Police Chief Rick Jenkins said. “We continue to strive to bring a fully professional law enforcement agency to the residents of North Palm Beach. Through this re-accreditation process, we feel that we have achieved our goal. This on-site assessment will tell us if we did”.
The CALEA Program Manager for the North Palm Beach Police Department is Mr. Vincent Dauro. 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: Team Leader Mr. Phillip Crowell and Team Member Lt. Courtney Morrison. 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 re-accredited status, Mr. Dauro said.
Re-accreditation is for four 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 the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write to the commission at 13575 Heathcoat Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA, 20155 or call (703) 352-4225 or visit www.@calea.org.