Comments sought on SPD accreditation

Starkville Police Department officials are seeking comments from the public as the agency undergoes an on-site assessment for reaccreditation by the Mississippi Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (MSLEAC).
Early in 2008, the SPD became the first municipal law enforcement agency in the state to successfully complete the MSLEAC program and, in turn, be recognized by the national Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.
Part of the state accreditation program included an on-site visit in October 2007 by an MSLEAC assessment team composed of law enforcement practitioners from instate agencies to review SPD policies and practices, interview officers and department staff, and closely examine file
MSLEAC-accredited agencies are required to comply with 121 professional standards.
With the SPD up for reaccreditation this year, a new MSLEAC assessment team will be visiting the department Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
As part of the on-site assessment conducted by the MSLEAC team, SPD employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments on the SPD by telephone between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday by calling 323-4135 during that two-hour period.
Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must directly address the SPD’s ability to comply with MSLEAC and CALEA standards.
Once the assessors complete their review of the department, a report will be issued to the state commission, which will decide whether to award reaccreditation to the SPD.
“The standards that must be met involve primarily safety and liability issues and various procedures, ranging from use of force to arrest procedures toncrease community advocacy.”
The MLEAC accreditation program focuses on six primary goals:
• Strengthening crime prevention and control capabilities.
• Formalizing essential management procedures.
• Establishing fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices.
• Improving service delivery.
• Solidifying cooperation and coordination.
• Boosting citizen and staff confidence in the agency.
Written comments about the SPD’s ability to meet state accreditation and CALEA recognition standards are also being accepted.
Comments may be sent by mail to Mississippi Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, Attn. Accreditation Alliance Manager, 3750 I-55 N. Frontage Road, Jackson, MS 39211.
For more information about the SPD’s accreditation efforts, contact Lindley at 323-4131.