Sacto 9-1-1
August 5, 2013
Public invited to weigh in on CHP's reaccreditation bid

The public will have an opportunity to participate as the California Highway Patrol seeks to renew its accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc.

The CHP three years ago became the largest accredited law enforcement agency in the nation, according to a CHP news release.

Participation in the program is voluntary. To maintain accreditation, agencies must go through an assessment process every three years. Verification by an assessment team from other states is designed to ensure that the CHP meets the commission's standards.

Assessors are scheduled to make an on-site visit the week of Aug. 12. The team will examine CHP policies, procedures, management, operations and support service.

In addition to reaccreditation for the entire agency, the CHP seeks initial accreditation for its academy in West Sacramento.

As part of the on-site assessment, CHP employees and the public are invited to offer comments to the assessment team via telephone. A public call-in period is scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 13. People wishing to comment may call (916) 843-3186 during this time.

Comments should be limited to the agency's ability to comply with commission standards, officials said. A copy of the standards are available at the CHP headquarters, 601 North 7th St., Sacramento, CA 95811. Written comments also may be sent to CALEA, 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainsvile, VA 20155.

Assessors will submit their report to the full commission, which will determine whether the CHP is granted reaccreditation and whether the academy is granted initial accreditation.

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies was established in 1979 through a joint effort of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs' Association and the Police Executive Research Forum.

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