Released on November 23, 2010 - 2:16pm
Nov 23
The Laurel Police Department is in the final stages of achieving national re-accreditation.  As part of the process, a team of assessors will be visiting the Department to conduct an on-site assessment to verify compliance with professional standards.  The accreditation program is administered by the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas:  policy and procedures, administration, operations and support services.  The standards are designed to improve law enforcement professionalism and to increase citizen and employee confidence in the goals, objectives, policies and practices of the participating agency.
 
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at the public hearing scheduled for Monday December 6, 2010, between 5 p.m. and 6:30 pm.  The hearing will be held at the City of Laurel Police Department, 811 5th Street, Second Floor, Laurel, MD 20707.
 
The members of the Laurel Police Department invite you to attend this hearing.  Comments should be no more than 5 minutes in length and should address the Department’s commitment to professional standards and community service.
 
If you prefer, you can make telephone or written comments.  The assessment team will take telephone comments on Monday, December 6, 2010 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at  301-725-5643.  Written comments may be sent directly to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.
 
Please feel free to contact me or our Accreditation Manager, Bob Davis, at 301-498-0092 to confirm your attendance or to obtain answers to any questions about the Department’s accreditation program.
                                                                                                                               
Sincerely,
                                           
Richard P. McLaughlin
Chief of Police
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