St. Charles Police Chief James Keegan has announced a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will examine all aspects of the St. Charles Police Department's policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. Verification by the team that the St. Charles Police Department meets the Commission's state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation - a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. The assessment will start on Monday, April 12 and end on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 5 p.m. The session will be conducted in the St. Charles Police Department Community Room at 1515 W. Main Street, St. Charles, IL 60174.
Due to COVID-19, these sessions will be conducted via Zoom with the assessors located in their home states. If an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, they may do so by telephone. The public may call 630.443.3719 on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 between 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's standards. A copy of the standards is available for viewing at the St. Charles Police Department. Contact Accreditation Manager Guy Hoffrage at 630.762.6946.
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the St. Charles Police Department's ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write:
Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA)
13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320
Gainesville, Virginia, 20155
The St. Charles Police Department must comply with 490 standards in order to gain re-accredited status. The St. Charles Police Department received initial accreditation in 1987, becoming the first department in the Tri-City area to achieve this status in the law enforcement community. Since that time, the St. Charles Police Department has undergone re-accreditation every three years, until 2017 when the process
switched to a four-year cycle. To achieve reaccreditation, the Department must submit annual reports, as well as participate in remote checks, showing continued compliance with standards applicable to the agency under which it was initially accredited.
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 speak with officers and other individuals where compliance can be witnessed. Due to COVID-19, agency and communications tours will be conducted via video.
The assessors are: team leader Mark Brooks, Retired Chief of Police of the Marion, North Carolina Police Department and current Accreditation Manager for the West Valley City, Utah Police Department and team member Deborah Morgan, Retired Lieutenant of the Virginia Tech Police Department and current Executive
Director for the New River Valley Alcohol Safety Action Program. 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 accredited status.
For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155; or call 703.352.4225.