As part of the Dalton Police
Department’s bid for accreditation from CALEA (the Commission on Accreditation
for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.) a public forum will be held at Dalton City
Hall on April 8th at 6:00 pm. The
purpose of the forum will be for agency members and also members of the public
to have an opportunity to comment on the operations of the Dalton Police
The public forum is part of an on-site
inspection of the Dalton Police Department by a team of CALEA assessors who
will be working to verify that the DPD meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art
standards. The CALEA assessors will be
conducting their review April 7-10.
Comments from the public will be considered by the CALEA team as they
review the agency’s operations.
If any individual is unable to attend this meeting but would still like
to offer comments to the assessment team, comments can also be made by
telephone. The public can call (706)
278-9085 extension 503 on April 8th between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Written
comments may also be made by mail to: Commission on Accreditation for Law
Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320,
Gainesville, VA 20155.
CALEA is an internationally recognized benchmark for professionalism in
modern law enforcement agencies. The organization’s goals are to
strengthen an agency’s crime prevention abilities, formalize management
procedures, improve service delivery, solidify interagency cooperation, and
increase community confidence in the agency. Currently, 6% of law
enforcement agencies in the United States are CALEA accredited.
The Dalton Police Department has been
working towards CALEA accreditation since August 2010 when the agency enrolled
in the program and started a self-assessment process. In the two and a half years since, the
agency’s standards and policies have been rigorously reviewed and adapted for
compliance with more than 480 professional standards mandated by CALEA. The on-site review is the DPD’s final step
towards accreditation. Assessors will
review written materials, interview individuals, and also ride along with
officers and visit offices and other areas where compliance can be witnessed.
The Dalton Police Department’s CALEA
Program Manager is Officer Brian Shirley.
The assessors visiting Dalton will be Chief Phillip Potter from the
Huntersville (NC) Police Department and Frances Moore from the Greenville (SC)
Accreditation is for three years,
during which the agency will submit annual reports attesting continued
compliance with CALEA standards.
For more information on CALEA, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-352-4225.