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MNPD Seeking to Extend 20 Years of Accredited Status

1/31/2014

January 31, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

As part of its commitment to the Nashville community to continuously strive for enhanced professionalism and law enforcement excellence, the Metropolitan Police Department  will soon host assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), who will examine all aspects of the department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services.
          
The department is seeking to maintain its accredited status, which was first bestowed in July 1994, and renewed in 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008 and 2011.  Verification by the inspection team that the Metropolitan Police Department continues to meet the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process signifying nationally recognized excellence.
          
“For nearly 20 years, the Metropolitan Police Department has committed itself to meeting CALEA’s model standards for law enforcement agencies,” Chief Steve Anderson said.  “Our request for reaccreditation in 2014 is tied to the determination of all our employees to have a police department which is rooted in professionalism and in which all Nashvillians can be proud.  Law enforcement accreditation is good for our city, its families and this police department.”
          
The two-member assessment team will begin its work on Monday, February 10th. As part of the on-site assessment, members of the community, as well as police department employees, are invited to offer comments on police department services and performance at a public information session scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 11th, in the community room of the East Precinct located at 936 E. Trinity Lane.  If an individual cannot attend the public information session but would still like to offer comments to the assessment team, he or she may do so by calling team members at 615-349-6717 between 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. on Monday, February 10th, or between 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12th.  Faxes can be sent to 615-880-3077.
          
Telephone comments, as well as those made at the public information session, are limited to ten minutes and must address the police department’s ability to comply with CALEA standards.  Copies of the standards are available at each of the department’s precinct stations, or at Metro Police Headquarters, 200 James Robertson Parkway.  Anyone desiring to review the standards is asked to contact Sgt. Charles Vance at 862-7364.
          
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Metropolitan Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for reaccreditation are requested to write:
Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 13575 Heathcoat Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155, or Steve Anderson, Chief of Police, Attention:  Accreditation Manager, 200 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN  37201.
          
The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar, but out-of-state, agencies.  During their visit to Nashville, the assessors will review written materials, interview individuals and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.  The assessors will be:  
  • Director William Howe (team leader), St. Louis County Police Department; and
  • Master Sergeant (retired) Randy Scott, Oklahoma City Police Department.
After completing their review of the department, the assessors will report to the full Commission, which then determines whether to grant reaccreditation.  The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department expects to be among the agencies the full Commission will consider in July when it meets in Schaumburg, Illinois.
          
Reaccreditation is for three years, during which time the police department must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was reaccredited.
          
For more information on the accreditation process, contact the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 13575 Heathcoat Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155.  Telephone 1-800-368-3757.

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