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State Police ask for public comment for national accreditation

The Maryland State Police will receive a site visit from assessors with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies in August, and members of the community are invited to offer comments.

CALEA requires agencies to comply with high standards in four policy areas, including policy and procedures, administration, operations and support services, according to a police news release.

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Previously, the Maryland State Police received accreditation awards for communications and for the police academy, according to the release. The agency has spent almost three years to achieve national law enforcement accreditation.

As a part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are encouraged to offer comments during a telephone public information session or in writing, according to the release.

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The comments are limited to 10 minutes per person and must address the department's ability to comply with CALEA's law enforcement standards, according to the release.

The standards address the agency's role, relationship with other agencies, organization, administration, law enforcement operations, traffic law enforcement, court-related services and technical services, according to CALEA's website.

The complete list of standards is available at the Maryland State Police headquarters in Pikesville, according to the release.

The assessors can be reached by telephone on Monday, Aug. 11, between 1 and 3 p.m. at 410-875-3900, according to the release. Written comments can be submitted to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.

Reach staff writer Heather Cobun at 410-857-7898 or heather.cobun@carrollcountytimes.com.

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