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Monday, March 31, 2014

Police to be reviewed March 31 for national accreditation.

Courtesy Milton Police Department

As part of its effort to be nationally certified, the City of Milton Police Department will host a team of professional law enforcement assessors from March 31 to April 2, and the public is invited to provide input.

A public information and comment session will be held Monday, March 31 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers, located at 13000 Deerfield Parkway, Suite 107E (click here for directions).

During the session, Milton residents and other interested individuals will be encouraged to share their thoughts and opinions on public safety issues and the service provided by Milton’s public safety professionals.

Those who cannot attend the session but would like to provide comment may do so via telephone on Tuesday, April 1 between 9 and 11 a.m. by calling 678-242-2620.

Written comments may also be submitted to CALEA at 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320 Gainesville, Va. 22030-2215.

Please note: Individual telephone comments, as well as those provided at the public information session, are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with applicable CALEA standards. A copy of the standards is available for review at the Milton Police Department or by visiting www.calea.org.

“Accreditation through the Commission is a highly prized recognition of professional excellence in law enforcement,” said Police Chief Deborah Harrell. “The City of Milton’s police professionals continually provide superior services, and I am confident the assessment team, after thorough evaluation of our operations, will come to the same conclusion.”

The assessors, who come from across the country as part of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will determine if the Milton Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards to receive its national accreditation.

They will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed. Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, who will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status.

For more information regarding CALEA, the professional standards, or the assessment process, please visit www.calea.org.

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