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MNPD Seeking Reaccreditation by Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies; Virtual Assessment is Next Week

3/2/2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

As part of its commitment to Nashvillians to continuously strive for enhanced professionalism and law enforcement excellence in public safety and community engagement, the MNPD next week will virtually host assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), who will examine the department’s policies 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, 2011, 2014 and 2017. Verification by the inspection team that the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department continues to meet the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process signifying nationally recognized excellence.

“For more than a quarter century, our police department has committed itself to ensuring that our overall operations and procedures evolve to meet CALEA’s model standards for law enforcement,” Chief John Drake said. “Our community should expect no less than a department dedicated to a high level of professionalism among all employees as we work to make Nashville a safer place and improve quality of life for all residents.”

The two-member assessment team will begin its work on Monday, March 8th. 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 virtual public information session scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on March 8th. Persons who would like to virtually attend should register in advance by noon Friday, March 5th, by logging onto https://metropd.webex.com. A password is not needed; simply click the blue “Register” button in order to begin the registration. Once registered, an invitation email will be sent. The event number is 1870589211. Comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the MNPD’s ability to comply with CALEA standards.

Members of the community unable to virtually attend the WebEx session are invited to offer comments by calling 615-862-4139 on Tuesday, March 9th, between 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Telephone comments are limited to 5 minutes and must address the police department’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. Copies of the standards are available at Metro Police Headquarters, 600 Murfreesboro Pike. Anyone desiring to review the standards is asked to contact the police department’s Strategic Development Division at 615-862-7790.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the MNPD’s ability to meet the standards for re-accreditation are requested to write:

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 13575 Heathcoat Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155 (email: calea@calea.org)

Assessment team members assigned to review the MNPD are:

  • Deputy Chief William Dean of the Virginia Beach Police Department, and
  • Chief Don Scott (retired) Greensboro, North Carolina Police Department.

After completing their review of the department, the assessors will report to the full Commission, which then determines whether to grant reaccreditation.

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