Public meeting, comments on police accreditation today

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies assessors are on island to examine all aspects of the Hawaii Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

The team’s verification that the department meets the commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain re-accreditation — a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence.

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As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer phoned comments by calling 961-2270 today between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Comments will be accepted by the visiting assessment team.

In addition, the department invites the public to an information session to be held today at 5 p.m. at the Hawaii County Building Puna Conference Room, Suite 1501, at 25 Aupuni St. in Hilo.

All telephone comments and public information comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards.

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Anyone unable to attend the session or provide telephone commentary may also provide written comments about the Hawaii Police Department by sending comments to CALEA, 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 22030-2215 or through the website at www.calea.org.

A copy of the CALEA standards is available for review through a link at www.hawaiipolice.com or at the Hawaii Police Department. The contact person for additional information is Lt. Regino Saludares of the Administrative Section at 961-2260.

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