SPRINGFIELD, IL– A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will begin examining all aspects of the Illinois State Police’s (ISP) policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services beginning April 18. The examination is part of the Commission’s re-accreditation process.
"Verification that the ISP meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to retain accreditation status -– a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence," said ISP Director Larry G. Trent.
As part of the assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments by calling the assessment team at (866) 717-8684, Monday, April 19, between the hours of 1 and 5 p.m. Comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the Agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. A copy of the standards is available by contacting Master Sergeant Al Manint, Accreditation Manager, at 217-524-5886, or at the ISP Accreditation Office, 201 East Adams, Suite 300, Springfield, Illinois. Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Illinois State Police’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 1000, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030-2215.
According to Trent, "There are a total of 367 CALEA standards the agency must comply with in order to retain accredited status. By validating that the Illinois State Police is in compliance with these internationally accepted policing criterion, the agency continues to exceed the high standards of quality service expected of a premier law enforcement agency."
ISP Accreditation Program Manager Master Sergeant Al Manint said the assessment team is composed of experienced law enforcement practitioners from out-of-state agencies who will review written materials, interview individuals, ride with Troopers, visit district headquarters, communications facilities, and records centers, the ISP Academy, and other offices and facilities. Captain Howard B. Hall of the Baltimore County Police Department will serve as the team leader and will be assisted by Major Dale Homan, Lee County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office, and Deputy Chief Gus Paidousis, Knoxville, Tennessee, Police Department. Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the Agency they report back to the full Commission which will then decide if the ISP is to be re-accredited.
Re-accreditation will be for a three-year period during which the Department must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was re-accredited. The Illinois State Police was the first state police agency accredited by CALEA in 1986. Additionally, ISP forensic laboratories received the first accreditation issued by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors in 1984. Both accreditations have been maintained since their initial accreditation.