Lake Bluff community members are invited to offer feedback on the village’s police department as it seeks reaccreditation.
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive Jan. 19 to examine all aspects of the Lake Bluff Police Department’s operations, policies, procedures, management and support services.
Specifically, areas such as the village’s 911 communications center, traffic enforcement procedures, investigation practices, disaster plans, in-custody procedures and personnel policies will be reviewed by two CALEA gold-certified assessors. The assessors will review written materials, interview residents and local business owners, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.
Once the assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report back to the full commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted reaccredited status at the next scheduled CALEA conference in July.
Agency accreditation is for a term of three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited. Verification by the team that the Lake Bluff Police Department meets the commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process for reaccreditation. The commission initially accredited the department in 1999. Successful reaccreditation requires the Lake Bluff Police Department to comply with 482 standards.
“Lake Bluff residents expect and deserve the highest of professional police services,” Police Chief William Gallagher said. By voluntarily submitting ourselves to the accreditation process, we are assuring the community and ourselves that we are providing these services while meeting professional law enforcement accepted practices. Roughly, only a quarter of all law enforcement agencies are accredited, so this step assures the community that our officers are providing top of the line 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 at 6 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Lake Bluff Village Board Room, 40 E. Center Ave.
Those who cannot attend the session can phone in their comments by calling (847) 283-8692 between 2-4 p.m. Jan. 20. 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 at the Lake Bluff Police Department at 45 E. Center Ave.
Those wishing to offer written comments about the Lake Bluff Police Department’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 Gainsville, VA 20155.
For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Lake Enforcement Agencies, send mail to the address above, call (703) 352-4225 or visit www.calea.org.