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Public Invited to Comment on Dover PD Accreditation Assessment

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DOVER, Del. – The Dover Police Department is one of only eight departments in the state of Delaware to hold the honor of National Accreditation. The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. will arrive on Dec. 14 to examine the Dover Police Department's policies, procedures, management, operations and support services.

Chief Paul M. Bernat says that the assessors will also review written materials, interview materials and visit offices and other places where standards can be verified.

In order to maintain accreditation the Dover Police Department must meet the Commission's nationally recognized standards. The Dover Police Department has to comply with 483 standards in order to maintain accredited status.

Agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Dec. 15, 5-7 p.m. in the Public Assembly room of the Dover Police Department, in Dover, Del.

Comments are limited to ten minutes and must address the agency's ability to meet the terms with CALEA's standards. If an individual cannot attend the information session and would still like to make a comment to the assessment team, a comment can be made by telephone at 302-736-7127 on Dec. 15 from 1-3 p.m. Written comments can be sent to Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.

All comments must meet CALEA's standards. A copy of the standards will be available at the public meeting or prior to by contacting PFC Krista Roosa, Accreditation Manager, at (302) 736-7150.

“I believe it is extremely important for our agency to become re-accredited by the CALEA," Bernat said in a statement. "This demonstrates the department's commitment to the accreditation process and continues as one of a select organization number of agencies throughout the U.S. to maintain this nationally recognized standard. The departments overall professionalism and status as an accredited agency will assist the department in meeting the needs of the citizens and visitors of the city of Dover, as well as continue procedures and guidelines for the most valuable asset we have at the department, our employees, and the citizens we serve.”

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