Providence Police Dept. up for accreditation

Providence's 68th academy is currently in it's second month.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Providence Police Department is up for accreditation again.

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. will arrive in Providence on August 17, 2014 to examine the department’s policies 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 Monday, August 18, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Providence Public Safety Complex, 325 Washington Street.

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 calling (401) 744-2875 between the hours of 1:00p.m. and 3:00p.m. on Monday, August 18, 2014.

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 these standards is available at the Providence Public Safety Complex.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Providence Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may either submit them at or send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar, out-of-state agencies.  They review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and off-site locations where compliance can be witnessed.

Once the CALEA assessors complete their on-site review of the agency, they will report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted initial accreditation.

Accreditation is for three years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which they were originally accredited. Agencies are also required to be re-accredited every three years.

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