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December 17, 2013 > Accreditation commission to assess Hayward Police Department

Accreditation commission to assess Hayward Police Department

Submitted By Sgt. Ken Forkus, Hayward PD

As part of a three year accreditation process, a team of out-of-state assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) will visit the Hayward Police Department this month. The assessment aims to provide an outside examination into the agencyÕs policies, procedures, operations and administration. The assessors will review written materials, interview employees, and ride along with police officers during the on-site assessment.

This isnÕt the first time Hayward Police has welcomed this type of outside scrutiny of its policies and practices. The agency first welcomed a team of assessors in 2009 to conduct a similar assessment, to which led to the agencyÕs accreditation award. ÒIndependent verification that the Hayward Police Department meets the CommissionÕs high law enforcement standards has proven to be an invaluable benefit to this organization and the community we serve,Ó Hayward Police Chief Diane Urban said.

As part of the assessment process, agency personnel and members of the community were invited to offer comments to the assessors at a public session and by phone on December 9. Written comments can be sent to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite #320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

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