Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, April 3, 2013 – Assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive on April 13, 2013 to examine all aspects of the Bethlehem Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations and support services, Chief Jason Schiffer announced today.
Verification by the assessors that the Bethlehem Police Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation. The Bethlehem Police Department earned initial accreditation in 2007 and were accredited again in 2010. The Bethlehem Police Department is also the largest municipal police department in the State of Pennsylvania that has earned both national accreditation through CALEA as well as state accreditation through the Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (PLEAC).
As part of the assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm. The session will be conducted in the City of Bethlehem’s Town Hall located at 10 East Church St, Bethlehem, Pa 18018.
If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, they may do so by telephone. The public may call 610-997-7995 on Monday, April 15, 2013 between the hours of 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.
Telephone comments and appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the CALEA standards.
The CALEA program manager for the Bethlehem Police Department is Lieutenant William Dosedlo. He said the assessment team is composed of public safety practicioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals and visit officers and other locations where compliance can be witnessed.
The assessors are Town Manager Michael McLaurin from Waxhaw North Carolina and Captain Brian Weimer of the University of Missouri Police Department.
Once the CALEA assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to accredited, Lieutenant William Dosedlo stated.
For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the Commission at 10302 Eaton PLace, Suite 100, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030-2215 or call 1-800-368-3757 or 703-352-4225 or visit the website at www.calea.org