CALEA Team Invites Public Comment for Sheriff's Office Reaccreditation
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive in Morgan City to examine all aspects of the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services.
CALEA accreditation is a voluntary process undertaken to ensure that the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office meets the Commission's state of the art standards. Sheriff Scott Anslum says, "The systematic process of review and assessment of our agency's policies and procedures by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies has brought a new level of professional service and transparency to the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office. The feedback from the public about their interactions with deputies shows the positive impact accreditation has made on this department and the community."
The benefits are:
Comprehensive, well thought-out written directives
The strengthening of agency accountability
Reports and analysis to make informed management decisions
Improved relationship with the community
Limit liability and risk exposure
Assistance in this agency's pursuit of excellence
As part of the on-site assessment, St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office employees and members of the St. Mary Parish community are invited to voice their comments at a public information session on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 6:00 pm in the squad room on the 4th floor of the St. Mary Parish Courthouse located at 500 Main Street, Franklin, La.
Members of the community who are unable to attend the public information session may provide comments to the assessment team by telephone between the hours of 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm on April 3, 2018. Individuals may submit comments by calling 985-498-6229.
Both telephone comments and comments made in person at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office ability to comply with CALEA standards.
Written comments regarding the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office ability to meet the accreditation standards should be addressed to:
Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.
13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320
Gainsville, Virginia 20155
To achieve CALEA accreditation the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office must comply with 189 standards. The assessment team is composed of law enforcement personnel from similar but out-of-state agencies. Assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed.
A copy of the standards is available at the Public Information Office of the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office at 1455 Railroad Avenue, Morgan City, LA and at the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office on the 4th floor of the St. Mary Parish Courthouse at 500 Main Street in Franklin, LA. The Public Information Office contact, Detective Lieutenant Traci Landry, can be reached by telephone at 985-354-0714.
Members of the assessment team are:
- Roy Liddicott, Chief, BrowardCounty Sheriff's Office, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- Tanya Perry, Lieutenant, Conyers Police Department, Conyers, Georgia
Once assessors complete their review of the agency, they will submit their report to the Commission. The Commission will then decide if the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office is to be reaccredited. Accreditation is for four years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with the standards under which the agency was initially accredited.
For more information on the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. call (703) 352-4225, or visit www.calea.org.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office
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