Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment On Cleveland Police Department

Saturday, February 3, 2018

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive March 5, to examine all aspects of the Cleveland Police Department’s policy an procedures, management, operations and support services, Chief Mark Gibson announced on Saturday.

Verification by the team that the Cleveland Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation—a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence he said.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session March 6, 2018 at 3:00 pm. The session will be conducted in the Community Room of the Cleveland Police Department located at 100 Church Street NE, Cleveland, Tn. 37311.

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 (423) 559-3389 on March 7, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

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 Cleveland Police Department. Local contact is Lieutenant Scott Bronze, (423) 559-3389.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Cleveland Policed Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write:  Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc., 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, Va. 22030-2215.

The Cleveland Police Department must comply with 484 standards to gain accredited status, Chief Mark Gibson said.

The CALEA program manager for the Cleveland Police Department is Regional Program Manager Vince Dauro. He said the assessment team in composed of public safety practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed.

The assessors are Chief Phillip Crowell, Auburn Police Department, Auburn, ME and Lieutenant Jeffery Dodson, Culpeper Police Department, Culpeper, Va.

Once the CALEA 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, Mr. Dauro said.

Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. please write the Commission at 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, Va. 22030-2218; or call (800) 368-3757 or (703) 352-4225 or email calea@calea.org.


Stocking Full Of Love Continues To Provide Toys For Children In Need

CPD Releases Robbery Trend And Safety Reminder

Cranfield Rowell: No More Flip Phones, Please


For over two decades the Catoosa County Sheriffs Office has sponsored the Stocking Full of Love toy drive. Each year, the Sheriffs Office accepts names of needy children from Catoosa County schools, ... (click for more)

The Chattanooga Police Department says it is seeing an increase in robberies involving people who are buying/selling items via online classified apps and websites. "Three such robberies were ... (click for more)

Around 20 years ago it was uncommon to see or know someone who used, or owned, a cellular phone. If a person had a mobile phone they were ‘somebody’. Those mobile phones looked like the large ... (click for more)


Happenings

Stocking Full Of Love Continues To Provide Toys For Children In Need

For over two decades the Catoosa County Sheriffs Office has sponsored the Stocking Full of Love toy drive. Each year, the Sheriffs Office accepts names of needy children from Catoosa County schools, civic organizations and state agencies and provides toys for those children at Christmas. "Last year approximately 1,200 children received assistance from the Stocking Full of Love program ... (click for more)

CPD Releases Robbery Trend And Safety Reminder

The Chattanooga Police Department says it is seeing an increase in robberies involving people who are buying/selling items via online classified apps and websites. "Three such robberies were committed in the past week. The victims were robbed at gunpoint of items they were trying to sell along with other personal items," officials said. As a crime prevention measure, CPD reminds ... (click for more)

Breaking News

City Council Considering Interim Ordinance Curbing Development Of Steep Slopes, Floodplains

The City Council is considering action soon on an interim ordinance curbing development of steep slopes and floodplains. The measure would limit development of slopes of 33 percent grade or more to 20 percent of those steep grades. It would allow no more than 51 percent of a floodplain to be developed. A large number of developers in the audience indicated they are strongly ... (click for more)

Chicago Drug Dealer Who Supplied Large Amount Of Heroin To Chattanooga Contacts Found Guilty By Federal Jury

A Chicago drug dealer who prosecutors said supplied a large amount of heroin to sources in Chattanooga was found guilty by a federal jury in Chattanooga on Tuesday. James Silas, 50, was convicted of conspiring to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin. Sentencing is set for April 24 at 2 p.m. by Judge Curtis Collier, who presided over the trial. Based on a prior drug ... (click for more)

Opinion

Thanks To First Volunteer Bank

Thank you to the Highway 58 branch of First Volunteer Bank. On behalf of the Ernie Pyle Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, I would like to express our appreciation to the manager and staff of the HIghway 58 Branch of First Volunteer Bank for putting on a Veterans Day lunch in the lobby of your bank on Friday, Nov. 9. It was a cold and rainy day and Army, Marines ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: It’s A Racist Thing

Being a child of the South, I’ve marveled at our funny sayings for all of my life. I’ve been at a football game and heard a disgruntled fan in the stands say of his team’s quarterback, “That boy couldn’t play dead in a cowboy movie.” I’ve been at the Sunday supper table and heard, “I’m of a mind each one of his sermons is better than the next.” And I’ve sat in a Saturday morning ... (click for more)