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Conway Police Seek Public Comment in Accreditation Assessment

A public information session is November 18 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the District Court of Faulkner County.
CONWAY, AR (News release) - The Conway Police Department announced today that a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive at the department Sunday, November 17, 2013. According to Chief AJ Gary, the purpose of this visit is to examine all aspects of the Conway Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

This verification is part of a voluntary process to determine whether the Conway Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards to gain accreditation; a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, said Chief Gary.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session Monday, November 18, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The session will be conducted at the District Court of Faulkner County located at 810 Parkway.

The Conway Police Department values your comments. 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/she may do so by telephone. The public may call (501) 499-0822 on Monday November 18, 2013 between the hours of 1 p.m. 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 standards. The standards can be viewed at the Conway Police Department by contacting Sgt. John Zanin at (501) 450-6136.

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

The Conway Police Department was internationally accredited on March 19, 2005 and is currently seeking its 3rd re-accreditation after a 3-year process of continued compliance with the Commission’s standards.

The assessment team is composed of: Chief Michael Dickey, Fairfield Police Department, Fairfield, OH and First Sergeant Drew Hunter, Prince William County Police Department, Woodbridge, VA. Once the 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.

Click here for more information on CALEA.
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