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Public can take part in BGPD accreditation review PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 11:05
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. will be in Bowling Green early next month to examine all aspects of the Bowling Green Police Division's policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session Aug. 6 at 5:30 p.m., Simpson Center, 1291 Conneaut Ave.
If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, they may call (419) 353-0935 Aug. 6, between 1 and 3 p.m.
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 Services Office of the Bowling Green Police Division, 175 W. Wooster St. The contact is Lt. Bradley Biller (419) 352-8775.
People wishing to offer written comments about BGPD's ability to meet the standards for accreditation may do so at:  Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., 13575 Heathcote Blvd. Suite 320 Gainesville, Va., 20155.
The Bowling Green Police Division has to demonstrate compliance with nearly 188 standards in order to gain continued accredited status.
The Accreditation Program Manager for the Bowling Green Police Division is Christie Goddard.  
The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.
The assessors are:  Randy Nichols, retired Chief of Police of the Pitt County Memorial Hospital Police Department in North Carolina, who is team leader, and Capt. Stanley Johnson, of the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George's County Division. 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 be granted continued accredited status.
Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it is accredited. BGPD has been accredited since 1993.

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