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Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

January 2, 2009
Press Release
United States Capitol Police Chief Phillip D. Morse, Sr
Public Information Office  
119 D Street, NE  
Washington, D.C. 20510 Immediate
(202) 224-1677

January 2, 2009


A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive on January 3, 2009, to evaluate the Department’s policies and procedures, operations, and administrative management and support services as it pertains to CALEA standards, Chief Phillip Morse, Sr. announced today.

Verification that the Department meets the Commission’s law enforcement standards is one of the many ways in which professional excellence is recognized.  The United States Capitol Police has to comply with over 350 standards in order to gain accredited status, Chief Morse said.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments via a phone-in session by calling 202-224-0050 on Tuesday January 6, 2009, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.  Comments offered by telephone are limited to ten minutes and must address matters within the purview of the CALEA standards.  A copy of the standards is available at the United States Capitol Police Headquarters, 119 D Street, NE, Washington, D.C.  Persons wishing to offer written comments about the United States Capitol Police’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), at 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA, 22030-2215.  The Accreditation Manager for the United States Capitol Police is Officer Emmanuel Warren, 202-224-9821.

The CALEA assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar-sized, but out-of-state, agencies, who will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit police facilities where compliance can be observed.  The assessors are:  Chief James D. Fox, Team Leader, Newport News Police Dept.; Lt. Col. Robert T. Johnson, Illinois State Police (Retired); Mr. John B. Tucker, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.  Once the Commission’s assessors complete their evaluation of the agency, they will report back to the full Commission, which will then determine if the Department will be granted accredited status, Chief Morse said. 

For more information regarding the Commission on the Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the Commission at the above listed address or call 1-800-368-3757 or 703-352-4225.

If there are any questions about these events or security procedures, you may contact the United States Capitol Police Public Information Office at 202-224-1677.


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  Prepared by:
  Sergeant Kimberly Schneider
  United States Capitol Police
  Public Information Officer