Police Department to Be Assessed for Reaccreditation

Posted: July 28, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The George Mason University Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. in mid-August. As part of the assessment, a public hearing will be held at the Fairfax Campus on Monday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Room 116. All are invited to attend and comment.

Telephone comments will be accepted by the assessment team on Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m. Call 703-426-3551. Written comments may be sent to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030-2201.

The assessment is part of the voluntary process initiated by the department to gain reaccreditation. The assessment team will examine all aspects of the department’s policy and procedures, management, operation, and support services.

According to University Police Accreditation Program Manager Lt. Willie Morton, the assessment team comprises law enforcement practitioners from similar out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed. Once they complete their review, they report back to the commission, which will then decide if the department is to be granted accredited status.

The assessors are David R. Hobson, Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training Academy; Dorris S. Certain, University Park Texas Police Department; and Gary Heller, University of Pennsylvania Police Department.

Accreditation is for three years. During this time the department must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

For more information, contact Morton at 703-993-2872.

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