For immediate release:
Reaccreditation Assessment Team
Invites Public Comment
on Cal State L.A.ÂS Police Department
Los Angeles, CA -- A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will be on campus between Sunday, August 15, and Wednesday, August 18, to examine all aspects of the California State University, Los Angeles police department (University Police) policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The UniversityÂs Department of Public Safety is composed of various sections, one of which is the University Police. The Director of Public Safety functions as the Chief of University Police.
Verification by the team that University Police meets the CALEA state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to maintain reaccreditation statusÂa highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday, August 16, at 7:00 p.m. The session will be conducted at the Roybal Center, room C-120. If an individual cannot attend the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, one may do so by telephone at (323) 833-6019, on Tuesday, August 17, between 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Persons wishing to offer written comments about the ability of the University Police to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 10306 Eaton Place, Suite 320 Fairfax, Virginia, 22030-2201.
Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the ability of the University Police to comply with CALEAÂs standards. A copy of the standards is available for review at the Department of Public Safety, Bungalow C. Local contact is Desiree Bumgarner, the accreditation program manager of the University Police, (323) 343-3738.
The University Police must comply with 446 standards in order to maintain their accredited status. Accreditation is a journey to certified professionalism and to the transformation from a non-anchored organization to a systematic method of continual/progressive upgrade and improvement. ÂBy achieving reaccredited status every three years, the Department demonstrates voluntarily its conviction and commitment to professionalism and excellence as a law enforcement agency,Â notes Bumgarner.
The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, view presentations, visit officers and other places where compliance can be witnessed. The assessors are Team Leader Andrew J. DÂEramo, Jr., director, Lewiston-Auburn 911 Emergency Communications Center (ME), Deputy Chief Karen E. Ashley, Peoria Police Department (AZ), and Captain Rosanna Dove, Peachtree City Police Department (GA).
Once the CommissionÂs assessors complete their review on the Cal State L.A. campus, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the University Police is to be granted accredited status. Accreditation is for three years during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.
For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., write the Commission at 10306 Eaton Place, Suite 320, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030-2201; or call (800) 368-3757 or (703) 352-4225.
WORKING FOR CALIFORNIA Â California State University, Los Angeles: A comprehensive university at the heart of a major metropolitan city. The 175-acre hilltop campus is located five miles east of Los AngelesÂ civic and cultural center. Since 1947,
Cal State L.A. has been a leader in providing quality higher education. Today, the campus comprises a faculty of internationally recognized scholars and artists, and more than 21,000 students with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds that reflect the cityÂs dynamic mix of populations. Cal State L.A. is one of 23 campuses in the CSU system.
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