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CHP vies for national accreditation

Posted: July 27, 2010 3:49 p.m.
Updated: July 27, 2010 5:00 p.m.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has made great progress on achieving accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).

CALEA's Accreditation program improves the delivery of public safety services, and recognizes professional excellence.

"As the largest state police agency in the United States, and the fifth largest police organization in the nation, I am confident our operations will meet or exceed the high standards required by CALEA," said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.

"Ultimately, accreditation will build upon the outstanding reputation we have in place, while complementing and reinforcing our organizational values."

CALEA was created in 1979 as a law enforcement credentialing authority through the joint efforts of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), National Sheriffs' Association (NSA), and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

The accreditation process includes five phases: enrollment, self-assessment, on-site assessment, commission review and decision, and maintaining compliance. The CHP applied for CALEA accreditation and was formally accepted in the enrollment phase on Dec. 12, 2008.

On-site assessment will begin the week of Aug. 16 by a team of assessors from the CALEA who will travel to California to examine all aspects of CHP policies, procedures, management, operations and support

Verification by an assessment team from other states will ensure that the CHP meets the commission's state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation - a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence. Once accredited, the CHP will hold the distinction of being the largest accredited law enforcement agency in the nation.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team via telephone. A public call-in period will take place on Aug. 17 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Members of the public wishing to comment may call (916) 843-3325 during this time period. Comments should be limited to the agency's ability to comply with CALEA standards.

A copy of the standards will be made available at the CHP Headquarters, 601 North 7th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the CHP's ability to meet accreditation standards may write to CALEA, at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainsville, VA 20155.

Once the CALEA assessors complete their review, they will report back to the full commission, which will then determine if the CHP is to be granted accredited status. Accreditation is for three years, during which time the CHP must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.


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