TPD Accreditation Assessment Team Asks for Community Input

TPD Accreditation Assessment Team Asks for Community Input

In a press release today, the City of Tallahassee announced that the Tallahassee Police Department will be evaluated by an assessment team from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). The assessment team has invited the public to offer comments on TPD’s compliance with accreditation standards.

“The Tallahassee Police Department is one of the longest-tenured, internationally accredited law enforcement agencies in the country, and we welcome CALEA’s continued assessment and input to improve service delivery to the citizens of Tallahassee,” TPD Chief Lawrence Revell said.

According to the press release, CALEA’s virtual examination of TPD will include policies and procedures, management and more.

“Verification by the CALEA team that TPD continues to meet state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to retain its long-standing accreditation—a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence,” according to the press release.

Accreditation lasts four years at a time, and the police department is required to submit reports and complete assessments to maintain accreditation.

According to CALEA, “The Law Enforcement Accreditation process focuses on standards that provide best practices related to life, health, and safety procedures for the agency. These standards are considered foundational for contemporary law enforcement agencies.”

As part of the assessment, CALEA has invited TPD employees and community members to submit comments on TPD’s compliance with accreditation standards.

To make a comment by phone, call 850-891-4424 on Oct. 20 between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Written comments can be sent to calea@calea.org or the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

9 Responses to "TPD Accreditation Assessment Team Asks for Community Input"

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    TONY   September 21, 2020 at 3:08 pm

    “The assessment team has invited the public to offer comments on TPD’s compliance with accreditation standards.” ………………… What are the “Accreditation Standards”?

    My 2 Cents would be: Un Cuff the Officers and let them DO THEIR JOBS.

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    Saywhat   September 19, 2020 at 8:09 am

    Money Grab let TPD and LCSO do what they do best enforce the law!!!

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    Pragmatic Rick   September 18, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    Good program, bad acronym.

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    Edward Lyle   September 18, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    Here… let me take a shot at this… echem…

    “Thank you for your service, do your job to the best of your ability, remain fair and balanced, weed-out any bad apples along the way, and remind folks that the best way to stay out of jail and alive is to follow the law and LEO’s commands.”

    … thus endith the Accreditation process; Congratulations!

    … now, buy me a coke and we’ll call it square… carry on

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    Snidely Whiplash   September 18, 2020 at 2:20 pm

    Because nobody has ever heard of the CALEA means it is one of those bogus organizations local governments can pay for a good review. Of course to make it look legit they will mark off one or two insignificant categories pre agreed with their customer. SNIFF SNIFF I smell BS.

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      FactChecker   September 18, 2020 at 2:40 pm

      Never heard of them? CALEA has been around over 40 years.

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      Snidely Whiplash   September 18, 2020 at 2:48 pm

      The fees are kind of expensive too.
      calea.org/law-enforcement-accreditation-cost

      Ours is $16,125.00+ there are provisions to charge more.

      Also an annual $5000.00 continuation fee subject to certain increases too.

      SNIFF SNIFF smells like BS…expensive BS.

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      Thomas C. Hooker   September 18, 2020 at 2:48 pm

      I guess we need to be an “All American City” again. For a fee of course.

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      Fed up   September 18, 2020 at 4:41 pm

      If you are not in Law Enforcement, there is no reason you should know about CALEA. (Can you name any accrediting group outside your field? Probably not.) CALEA is a recognized accrediting body that has been around since 1979 with measurable standards. TPD has been accredited by CALEA since 1986. Accrediting bodies such as CALEA charge fees to pay for the inspections they perform. It is a normal practise. Accreditation is voluntary and by seeking it, you open up your records and procedures to outside scrutiny from others in the field on a regular basis. It is not easy getting or maintaining accreditation. This is not something an agency does on a whim or to get “brownie points.”. It takes a lot of time and effort to achieve. TPD should be lauded for being accredited, when others are choose not to be. FWIW, FDLE is also accredited by CALEA. LCSO is not.

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