A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), will arrive on Oct. 6, 2013, to examine the Marietta Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations and support services.
Verification by the team that the Marietta Police Department meets the Commission’s state of the art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation, a recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.
Marietta Police Department gained CALEA accreditation in 1997 and has since remained in compliance with the CALEA national standards.
This re-accreditation process occurs every three years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.
The Marietta Police Department must comply with over 463 standards in order to remain accredited.
As a part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday, Oct. 8.
The session will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the City of Marietta Council Chambers located at 205 Lawrence Street, Marietta, Georgia 30060.
If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. The public may call 770-794-5374 on Monday, Oct. 7, between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Telephone comments, as well as appearances at the public information session, are limited and must address the Department’s ability to comply with CALEA standards.
Copies of the standards are available at Marietta Police Department Headquarters, 240 Lemon Street, Marietta, Georgia 30060. The contact is Lieutenant Tanya Twaddell at 770-794-5386.
The CALEA Program Manager for Marietta Police Department is Vince Dauro. The assessment team is composed of public safety practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed.