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Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment ​

Post Date:06/22/2020 12:20 PM

CALEAA team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will remotely conduct an assessment starting July 6, 2020, to examine all aspects of the Coral Springs Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support service.

Verification by the assessors that the Coral Springs Police Department meets the Commission’s quality standard, is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement and communications professional excellence.

As a part of the CALEA law enforcement on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a virtual public information session on Tuesdays, July 7, 2020 at 6:00 PM.

Due to the on-going state of emergency and the recommendations from all public health authorities, this public information session will be available through electronic means. 

The meeting can be viewed on City TV (Blue Stream channels 725, 25, 25.7 and AT&T U-verse channel 99) or online (www.coralsprings.org/citytv).

For those individuals who may not have access to view the meeting by any of the virtual means provided above, the City will be providing access to view the meeting on City TV outside the Coral Springs Municipal Complex at 9500 West Sample Road, Coral Springs, Florida 33065. If you plan to attend, please practice social distancing, not standing closer than six (6) feet to those around you.

Any person who wants to offer comments may do so by calling (954) 344‑5900. For those attending the physical live stream at City Hall, a wireless microphone will be set up for public comment.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the CALEA public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, or would like to speak about communication standards, he/she may do so by telephone.  The public may call (954) 346-1310 for comments on Monday, July 6, 2020 between the hours of 1:00pm and 3:00pm.

Telephone comments, as well as appearances at the public information session, are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards.  A copy of the standards is available at the Coral Springs Police Department, 2801 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs.  Local contact is Miriam Simon, 954-346-1221, for law enforcement.  For communication standards, the public can contact Kathy Liriano, 954-346-1358, or Patrick Thurman, 954-346-1744. 

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Coral Springs Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for re-accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 10306 Eaton Place, Suite 320, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030-2201.

The Coral Springs Police Department has to comply with over 480 law enforcement and 212 communication national standards in order to maintain accredited status. The fact that the Coral Springs Police Department is accredited signifies that an independent board, consisting of police professionals from various areas throughout the United States, have thoroughly assessed the policy, procedures, and performance of the Coral Springs Police Department and has found the Department to be functioning in an exemplary manner, successfully addressing the needs and concerns of the Coral Springs Community.

CALEA assessment teams are each composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar size out-of-state agencies.  The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, listen to those attending the public information session, and visit with other City members in order to ascertain that the Department is in compliance. 

The CALEA law enforcement assessors are:

  • Team Leader: Assistant Chief John Kerns (Retired), Burlington (NC) Police Department
  • Team Member: Mr. Scott Lau, Roanoke (VA) Police Department

The CALEA communications Team Leader is:

  • Captain Alfred Miller (Retired), Prince William County (VA) Police Department

Once the CALEA assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to their full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted re-accreditation status.

The Coral Springs Police Department received its first law enforcement national accreditation in 1988 and will be undergoing its ninth reaccreditation cycle. The Communications Center of the Department received its initial accreditation in 2007 and will be undergoing its fourth re-accreditation review.  After this assessment, accreditation will be for four years, during which time the agency must complete annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which they were accredited.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), please write the Field Operations Division at 10306 Eaton Place, Suite 320, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030-2201; or call (800) 368-3757 or (703) 352-4225.

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