A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. will arrive Sunday, July 14, to examine all aspects of the Gladstone Department of Public Safety law enforcement policies, procedures, management, operations and support services, Director of Public Safety Michael J. Hasty announced via city press release.

Verification by the team that the Gladstone Department of Public Safety meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain reaccreditation.

Hasty called it a “highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.” Gladstone Public Safety received its first accreditation in 2000 and has gone through the reaccreditation process every three years until this last cycle, which now encompasses a four-year cycle.

As a part of the on-site assessment, Gladstone city employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session at 5 p.m., Tuesday, July 16, at the Gladstone City Hall, located at 7010 N. Holmes St.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he or she may do so by telephone by calling 423-4054 from 1 to 3 p.m. July 16.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the Public Safety Department’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Gladstone Department of Public Safety. Contact Sgt. Anthony Consiglio, accreditation manager, for further assistance, at 423-4034.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Gladstone Department of Public Safety’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc., (CALEA) 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155, phone (703) 352-4225, FAX (703) 890-3126, website: www.calea.org.

The Gladstone Department of Public Safety has to comply with more than 480 standards in order to gain accredited status, Director Hasty said, “Achieving accreditation from CALEA demonstrates our commitment to excellence in providing the highest quality law enforcement recognized by the law enforcement community across the country and around the world.”

Consiglio said the assessment team is made up of law enforcement practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, conduct panel reviews, and visit offices and other places where compliance is witnessed. Once the on-site review is completed by the assessors, they will report back to the full commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status, Sgt. Consiglio stated.

Accreditation is for four years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which they were initially accredited.