By TRAVIS HANDY
Virginia State Police are in the process of reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) and the public will have an opportunity to offer comments regarding the VSP when a national accreditation team arrives in Richmond in July to assess the Department.
When the Virginia State Police achieved its initial accreditation from CALEA in 1986, the Department was the second state law enforcement agency in the nation to receive this prestigious award. Since then, the Virginia State Police has successfully and successively maintained an accredited status. The reaccreditation process takes place every three years.
“Accreditation provides both the agency and the public with quality assurance that the State Police is fulfilling its mission to provide the Commonwealth with superior service and protection,” said Col. W. Steven Flaherty, superintendent. “The assessment process verifies that the Department regularly reviews all aspects of its operations and is in compliance with law enforcement standards established by the Commission.”
The public may share its comments with the CALEA on-site team by phone or written correspondence. The two-member assessment team will be available to take phone calls July 29, 2013, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Those wishing to contact the team may do so using an established toll-free phone number. Telephone comments are limited to ten minutes and must address the Department’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. The phone number is 1-866-468-4903.
Members of the public who wish to offer written comments are requested to write to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Va. 20155.