The department is inviting a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) to examine all aspects of its policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. Verification by the team that Fayetteville Police Department meets the Commission's state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation, a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence.
CALEA's Standards for law enforcement agencies and its accreditation programs are recognized as benchmarks for professional law enforcement agencies. Accreditation is a means for developing or improving upon agency relationships with the community. Accreditation strengthens an agency's accountability, both within the agency and the community, through a continuum of standards that clearly defines authority, performance and responsibility. Accreditation can limit an agency's liability and risk exposure because it demonstrates that internationally accepted standards for law enforcement have been met and verified.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday, November 19, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. The session will be at the Fayetteville District Courtroom located at 176 South Church Avenue in Fayetteville. If you cannot be there in person, you can call (479) 973-4840 on November 19, 2012, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to speak to CALEA assessors.