Rocklin Police ask for public comments for assessment

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The Rocklin Police Department is asking for public comment to renew their accreditation. A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., will examine all aspects of the Rocklin Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services on Dec. 4. Verification by the team that the Rocklin Police Departments meets the Commission’s high standards is part of a voluntary process to gain re-accreditation — a highly prized, international recognition of public safety professional excellence. The Rocklin Police Department received it’s initial accreditation in December of 2008. As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments by calling (916) 625-5469 between 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5. Comments will be taken by the Assessment Team. Agency employees and members of the community are also invited to offer comments at a public information session at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6 held in the Rocklin Police Departments Community Room at 4080 Rocklin Road. Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public hearing 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 at the Rocklin Police Department. Individuals may contact Accreditation Manager Sgt. Jamie Knox at (916) 625-5442 or Lt. Mike Freeman at (916) 625-5436. Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Rocklin Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. at 13575 Heathcote Blvd. Suite 320, Gainesville, Va. 20155. “Members of the Rocklin Police Department have worked tirelessly to hone systems and policies to prove compliance with approximately 386 standards to obtain re-accreditation,” said Rocklin Police Chief Mark Siemens. “Our initial accreditation three years ago created the foundation of excellence that will serve us for years to come. Now we have to prove that we are still upholding those standards daily, weekly, monthly and annually.” The CALEA assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar, out-of-state agencies. The assessors are Captain John Garavaglia with the Golden Police Department in Golden, Colo., and Lieutenant Raymond Cornford with the Rapid City Police Department in Rapid City, N.D. 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. Accreditation is for three years, during which time the agency, Rocklin Police Department, must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which they were initially accredited. ~Staff report Rocklin Police assessment What: Provide comments on the Rocklin Police Department How: 1-3 p.m. Dec. 5 by calling (916) 625-5469 or at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Rocklin Police Department Community Room, 4080 Rocklin Road Info: Comments are limited to 10 minutes