October 17, 2017
Cumberland Police Chief Charles Hinnant announced today that a team of Assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) will be in Cumberland the week of October 30, 2017 to examine all aspects of the Cumberland Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. Verification by the team that the Cumberland 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 law enforcement professional excellence.
The assessment team is comprised of law enforcement practitioners from similar out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed. The assessors are: Sheriff Howard Niemeier of the Bracken County, Kentucky, Sheriff’s Office, and Lieutenant Charles Groover of the Covington, Georgia, Police Department.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public meeting scheduled for Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Cumberland City Hall Council Room, 57 N. Liberty Street, Cumberland, MD, 21502. If for some reason an individual is not available to speak at the public information session but would like to provide comments to the assessment team, they may do so by telephoning 301-759-6532 between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 1, 2017 or by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
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’s standards. Anyone having questions as to the content of the standards may contact Accreditation Manager, Lt. Chuck Ternent at 301-759-6454. Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Cumberland Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation may write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155.
Chief Hinnant is excited about the possibility of achieving CALEA re-accreditation, and remarked, “Police Departments that achieve CALEA accreditation reinforce their commitment to professionalism. It certainly will be an honor to again receive this prestigious designation”.
For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. please visit their website at www.calea.org or write to The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155; or call 703-352-4225.