Chief Anthony Sizemore announced this week that a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA), will be conducting a virtual assessment of the Cape Coral Police Department and Public Safety Communications Center.
The assessment will take place on Monday, July 26 through July 28, 2021. The assessment team will examine all aspects of the Cape Coral Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.
Verification by the assessment team that the Cape Coral Police Department has maintained the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to comply with accreditation’s best practices and demonstrate commitment to professional excellence.
As part of the virtual assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments during a call-in session and public hearing.
The call-in session and public hearing provide a venue for members of the public to interact with the assessors, ask questions about the accreditation process, or comment on the Department’s compliance with accreditation standards.
Anyone wishing to offer comments to the Assessment Team can call:
203-245-6503 or 203-410-7630
Tuesday, July 27, 2021, between the hours of 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
A Public Hearing will be conducted virtually via Zoom.
To join the session, visit: https://zoom.us/j/95387238556?pwd=U1NlUENGUHBjb2paQStjWXBYM3E4Zz09
Meeting ID: 953 8723 8556 Passcode: 0WR3fg
Tuesday, July 27, 2021, from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 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.
Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Cape Coral Police Department’s ability to meet standards for accreditation is requested to write to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suites 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155. Inquiries regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., can be forwarded to the Commission at the same address. Information about CALEA can be obtained at the CALEA website www.calea.org or by calling 1-703-352-4225.
The Cape Coral Police Department had to demonstrate continued compliance with 665 standards combined (Law Enforcement and Communications) to maintain accredited status. The Cape Coral Police Department is thoroughly committed to constant and consistent service improvements to citizens and visitors. The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement and Public Safety Communications Accreditation programs, standards, systems, and processes offers a unique opportunity to obtain the professional perspective from external assessors with proven management experience and track records in Law Enforcement and Public Safety Communications practice. The Commission’s perspective is an important part of the Department’s continuous improvement process.
The assessors are:
- Team Leader, Captain Joseph Race from the Madison Police Department, retired Commander;
- Ms. Pamela Kunz from the DeKalb County Police Department;
- Deputy Chief John McQueeney from Oneida Indian Nation Police.
All are professional law enforcement and public safety communications practitioners.
Assessors review written materials, interview individuals, review practices and observe areas where compliance can be witnessed. After a comprehensive review of accreditation standards, assessors report back to the CALEA Commission, who decides whether full re-accredited status is granted to the Police Department and the Communications Center. Once granted, re-accredited status is for four years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards.