A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive on August 5, 2013, to examine all aspects of the Bowling Green Police Division’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 beginning at 5:30 PM, at the City of Bowling Green Parks andRecreation Simpson Center, located at1291 Conneaut Ave.
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 (419) 353-0935 on Tuesday August 6, 2013, between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM.
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’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Services Office of the Bowling Green Police Division at175 West Wooster St. Local contact is Lt. Bradley Biller (419) 352-8775.
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Bowling Green Police Division’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.,13575 Heathcote Blvd. Suite 320Gainesville,Virginia,20155.
The Bowling Green Police Division has to demonstrate compliance with nearly 188 standards in order to gain continued accredited status.
The Accreditation Program Manager for the Bowling Green Police Division is Ms. Christie Goddard. The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar but 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: Mr. Randy Nichols (retired as Chief of Police of the Pitt County Memorial Hospital (PCMH)Police Department,North Carolina) (Team Leader;) and Captain Stanley Johnson (Maryland-National Capital Park Police,Prince George’sCountyDivision(Maryland)). (Team Member). Once the Commission’s 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 continued accredited status.
Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it is accredited. The Bowling Green Police Division has continued its accredited status since 1993.
For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the Commission 13575 Heathcote Blvd. Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia, 20155; or call (800) 368-3757 or (703) 352-4225.