It's time for the Frederick County Sheriff's Office to undergo an evaluation from the Commission on Accreditation. A team of assessors are expected to arrive on June 16th, to make sure that the agency meets the Commission's standards. "We have to comply with approximately 400 standards established by CALEA," said Jerry Griffin, Accreditation Program Manager.
The public plays a part in the assessment, as well. "They are allowed to come and address the assessors. They can say pretty much what they want to, but it's suppose to be limited to their input of our agency's ability to comply with these standards, or if you feel we don't comply with these standards, or whatever the case may be," continued Griffin.
A public information session is scheduled for Monday, June 17, 2013, at 7:00 p.m, in the Frederick County Law Enforcement Center's first floor conference room located at 110 Airport Drive East, Frederick, Maryland. If for some reason an individual can't speak at the session, but would like to provide comments, he or she may do so by telephone. The public can call 301.600.4071 on Monday, June 17th, 2013 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed. "The assessors will submit their findings to the Commission, who will decide whether to again grant our agency accredited status. Accreditation is for 3 years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited."
For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please visit their website at www.calea.org, or write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155, or call 703.352.4225.