Public Comment Sought On Police Performance For Reaccreditation Bid

April 19, 2009|By Don Markus

The Howard County Police Department will take public comment Monday about the agency's performance as part of the process to gain accreditation.

The session is part of an assessment of the department by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the James N. Robey Public Service Training Center, 2200 Scott Wheeler Drive.

A team of assessors consisting of law enforcement officers from around the country will be visiting the department throughout April. They will report their findings to a commission that will decide whether to reaccredit the department for the next three years.

"Being a nationally accredited police agency is important because it tells our citizens that we are doing everything possible to offer them the highest quality of service," Police Chief William McMahon said in a news release issued by the department last week.

Those who cannot attend Monday's session can submit comments by calling 410-313-2214 between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. April 21. Comments by phone or in person must be limited to 10 minutes and must address the department's ability to comply with the commission's standards, a copy of which is available at police headquarters.

Further inquiries can by made by contacting Tamera G. Bulla at 410-313-3229 or at tbulla@howardcountymd.gov. Written comments can be sent to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA) at 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, Va. 22030-2215.

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