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MNPD Training Academy Seeking Reaccreditation from National Organization

7/19/2021

The Metropolitan Police Department's Training Academy, in its quest to maintain the specialized accredited status first bestowed by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2011, will virtually host an assessor next week who will examine the academy's policies, procedures, management, operations, and support services.

Verification by CALEA that the Training Academy continues to meet state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process signifying nationally recognized excellence.

"Our department's academy offers instruction and guidance to trainees and veteran officers throughout the year," Chief John Drake said. "The framework of the standards in CALEA's Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation Program help our academy to continuously be at its best."

The assessor, retired Captain Alfred Miller formerly of the Prince William County, Virginia Police Department, will begin his work on Monday, July 26th. As part of the virtual assessment, members of the community, as well as police department employees, are invited to offer comments on training academy services and performance by calling retired Captain Miller at 615-862-7617 between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, July 26th. Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the training academy's ability to comply with CALEA standards.

Copies of the Training Academy Standards are available at the MNPD Academy, 2715 Tucker Road, or at MNPD Headquarters, 600 Murfreesboro Pike. Anyone desiring to review the standards is asked to contact Sergeant Tiffany Gibson at 615-862-7617.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the MNPD Academy's ability to meet the standards for reaccreditation are asked to send them to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 13575 Heathcoat Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA, 20155 (email: calea@calea.org), or Scott Byrd, Director of Training, 2715 Tucker Road, Nashville, TN, 37218.

Upon completing his review of the MNPD Academy, retired Captain Miller will report to the full commission, which then determines whether to grant reaccreditation.