A team of assessors from the Commission of 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 Mark Hebert says, “I have pursued the CALEA accreditation process, and in doing so we have realized the great rewards that CALEA has brought to the St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office.”
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 Monday, March 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the squad room on the 4th floor of the St. Mary Parish Courthouse located at 500 Main Street.
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 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm on March 30, 2015. Individuals may submit comments by calling (337) 578-8649.
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.
10302 Eaton Place
Fairfax, Virginia 22030-2215
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 Traci Landry, can be reached by telephone at 985-384-1622 ext. 714.
Members of the assessment team are:
- Thomas E. Bennett, Chief, Suffolk, Virginia Police Department
- Pamela McKay, Accreditation Manager, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, Maryland
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 granted accredited status. Accreditation is for three 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 (800) 368- 3757, (703) 352-4225, or visit www.calea.org.
Contact: Det. Traci Landry
St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office
Public Information Office