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Lakeland Police Department Retains Two National CALEA® Accreditations

Lakeland Police Department Retains Two National CALEA® Accreditations 

LAKELAND, FL (August 1, 2016) – The Lakeland Police Department is proud to announce that it has successful retained two national accreditations from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA®).  On Saturday, July 30, 2016, Chief Larry Giddens and senior staff accepted the reaccreditations for department’s overall standards of performance and for their Public Safety Communications operation at the summer conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

To receive reaccreditation in the CALEA® Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation Program, the Lakeland Police Department had to comply with 484 internationally accepted standards for the operation of police organizations. The Advanced Program is a more rigorous process than the standard Accreditation Program which requires compliance with only 189 standards.  In April, a team of assessors from CALEA examined all aspects of the Department’s policy and procedures, operations, management and support services to verify they met the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. The process holds the department accountable and sets the bar for excellence among law enforcement agencies. “The reaccreditation of the Lakeland Police Department reaffirms the dedication and professionalism shown everyday by men and women who work to protect and serve the citizens of Lakeland,” said Chief Larry Giddens.  

To receive the reaccreditation for Public Safety Communications, the 911 Emergency Communications team proved compliance with 211 internationally accepted standards. The achievement certifies that the department meets or exceeds benchmarks and professional requirements in critical incidents, special operations including Homeland Security, organization, training, recruitment and operations. 911 Communications Manager Bill LePere said “Any agency can claim their policies and procedures are among the best, but accredited agencies are willing to go through stringent review by outside assessors who evaluate entire operations to ensure adherence to industry best practices.

Both accreditation standards are valid for four years, at which time the department will again actively participate in a review process for reaccreditation.  For more information on accreditation, go to www.calea.org

Media inquiries should be directed to 863.583.2357.


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June 29, 2016                                                              Contact:  Sgt. Gary Gross                  

Immediate Release                                                    Phone #:  863-834-6949

 

 

ACCREDITATION TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENTS ABOUT LAKELAND POLICE DEPARTMENT

 (Lakeland, FL):  A team of assessors from the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA) will arrive July 13, 2016, to examine all aspects of Lakeland Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Larry Giddens announced today.  The Lakeland Police Department has to comply with approximately 87 standards in order to receive accredited status.  Many of the standards are critical to life, health and safety issues.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the general public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team.  A copy of the standards is available through the Lakeland Police Department Public Information Officer at 863-834-6949.

For more information regarding CFA or for persons wishing to offer written comments about the Lakeland Police Department’s ability to meet the standards of accreditation, please write:

CFA, P.O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida, 32302, or email to info@flaccreditation.org.

The Accreditation Program Manager for Lakeland Police Department is Caroline Renew.  She said the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies.  The assessors will review written materials; interview individuals; and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.  The CFA Assessment Team Leader is Sgt. Nicole Minick of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.  Other team members are Lt. Rick Mohaupt of the Punta Gorda Police Department and Lt. Mike Sheelar of the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office. 

Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to receive accredited status.  Lakeland Police Department’s accreditation is for 3 years.  Verification by the team that the Lakeland Police Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain or maintain accreditation--a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, Chief Larry Giddens said.


Public Notice

LAKELAND POLICE DEPARTMENT

The Lakeland Police Department is scheduled for an onsite assessment as part of a program to achieve accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards. Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas; policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.

As part of the onsite assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session, Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. The session will be conducted in the City of Lakeland Commission Chambers, located at 228 S. Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, Fl.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency ability to comply with CALEA standards. The local contact is Accreditation Manager Caroline Renew (863) 834-8907.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Lakeland Police Department’s ability to comply with standards for accreditation may send them to:


Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA)

135 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320

Gainesville, Virginia 20155