Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

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DPS Media Release

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), will arrive on March 12, 2017 to examine all aspects of Bryant University’s, Department of Public Safety’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Stephen Bannon announced.  Verification by the team that the Department of Public Safety 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, he said.  

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, March 13, 2017 at 2:00 pm.  The session will be conducted in the Amica Center Presentation Room at Bryant University, 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI.

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/she may do so by telephone.  The public may call (401) 531-6683 on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 between the hours of 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.  

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 Standards.  A copy of the standards is available for viewing at the Department of Public Safety.  Local contact is Captain John Rainone.  

Persons wishing to offer written comments about Bryant University’s Department of Public Safety’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write:  Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155.

The Department of Public Safety has to comply with almost 300 standards in order to gain accreditation status, Chief Bannon said.  

The Accreditation Manager is Captain John Rainone.  He said the assessment team is composed of public safety practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies.  The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit officers and other locations where compliance can be witnessed.

The assessors are Chief Thomas Johnson, of the Western Carolina University Police Department, and Commander Ernest Knight, from the University of Chicago Police Department.  

Once CALEA Assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accreditation status, Captain Rainone said.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155; or call (800) 368-3757 or (703)352-4225 or email calea@calea.org

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