A site based assessment team from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), will arrive on Monday, October 21, 2019, to examine various aspects of the Smithfield Police department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. Verification by the team that the Smithfield Police Department complies with the Commission’s state-of-the art standards (best practices) is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation-a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence.
As part of the assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at 5:00 PM. The session will be conducted in the Sgt. Norman G. Vezina Community & Training Room, located at the Smithfield Police Department, 215 Pleasant View Avenue, Smithfield RI. 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 401-757-6571 on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, between the hours of 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM. 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. A copy of the standards is available at the Smithfield Police department, 215 Pleasant View Avenue, Smithfield RI. Smithfield Police Department contact is Deputy Chief E. Eric Dolan, telephone 401-231-2500 ext. 102 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Smithfield Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA®), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155.
The Smithfield Police department has to comply with 484 standards in order to achieve accredited status. Achieving accreditation helps safeguard the integrity of the Department and ensures consistent delivery of high quality public safety services. CALEA® Law Enforcement Accreditation is a four year process, during which the agency must submit annual reports and participate in annual remote web-based assessments, attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.