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Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

MEDIA RELEASE                                                                 

CONTACT: Amanda L. Moss, 700 South Davis Dr., Arlington, TX 76013, (817) 272-2847

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ACCREDITATION ASSESSMENT TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT

(Arlington, Texas, April 29, 2020)—An assessment team from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), will begin on May 11, 2020 to examine all aspects of the University of Texas at Arlington Police Department policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services as part of the department’s participation in the Law Enforcement Accreditation process, Chief of Police Kim Lemaux announced today.

Verification by the team that the UTA Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation—a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence, she said. As part of the assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments by telephone, email, or mail.

If an individual would like to provide comments to the assessment team, that may be done by telephone. The public may call (817) 272-3840 on May 12, 2020 between the hours of 11:00am -1:00pm. Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA Standards. A copy of the standards is available by appointment only. The local contact is Accreditation Manager, Amanda L. Moss at (817) 272-2847.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the UTA Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to email: calea@calea.org or write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA®), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

The University of Texas at Arlington Police Department must comply with 484 standards in order to gain accredited status, Chief of Police, Kim Lemaux said. “CALEA establishes ‘best practice’ policies and procedures, which our Police Department follows; and in doing so, defines us as a policing agency of excellence. It is our goal to provide a safe, friendly campus environment to faculty, staff and students which facilitates a safe learning environment.  CALEA accreditation helps us accomplish that mission with distinction.”

Accreditation is for four years, during which the agency must submit annual reports, and participate in annual remote web-based assessments 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. please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155; or call (703) 352-4225 or email calea@calea.org.

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