CALEA Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

August 10, 2011
Press Release
United States Capitol Police Chief Phillip D. Morse, Sr
Public Information Office  
119 D Street, NE  
Washington, D.C. 20510 August 10, 2011
(202) 224-1677  

Assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive at the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) on August 28, 2011 to evaluate the Department’s policies, procedures, operations, and administrative management services at it pertains to applicable 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 USCP’s professional excellence is recognized. The United States Capitol Police is required to comply with over 350 standards in order to maintain 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 202-224-3145 on Monday August 29, 2011, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Comments offered by telephone are limited to ten minutes and must address matters specifically within the purview of the CALEA standards that are applicable to the USCP.

A copy of the standards is available at the USCP Headquarters building, located at 119 D Street, NE, Washington, D.C. Individuals who wish to offer written comments may write the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, VA 20155. Accreditation Managers for the USCP are Officer Emmanuel Warren and Officer Jillian Jeffers who work in the Office of Policy and Management Systems (OPOL).

The CALEA assessment team is comprised 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. Assessors for the 2009-2011 accreditation cycle are Assistant Chief Daniel Bruno (team leader) Gwinnett County Police Department, Lawrenceville, Georgia, and Ms. Synthia Nugent, Wilmette Police Department, Wilmette, Illinois. Once the 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 continued 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 703-352-4225.

If there are any questions about this activity, 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 Office