Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment April 14
Springfield – The Illinois State Police (ISP) will undergo its 7th re-accreditation assessment by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) which will examine all aspects of the ISP policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The ISP must comply with 364 CALEA standards in order to maintain accredited status. The assessment will take place on April 14 - 17.
In 1986, the Illinois State Police was the first state police agency accredited by CALEA. Additionally, in 1984, ISP forensic laboratories received the first accreditation issued by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors. Both have maintained this important recognition status since their initial accreditation. CALEA re-accreditation is valid for a three-year period during which the Agency must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was re-accredited.
As part of the assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments by calling the assessment team at 1-877-318-9971, Sunday, April 14, 2013, between the hours of 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the Agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. Questions regarding the standards can be addressed by contacting Master Sergeant Mark Chounard, Accreditation Manager, ISP Accreditation Office, 801 South 7th Street, Suite 201-S, in Springfield, or by calling 217-524-5886.
“Inviting public commentary from our employees and community residents demonstrates our commitment to always improve upon our performance and accountability measures," said ISP Director Hiram Grau. "Accreditation sets the tone for excellence and ensures that police service is administered efficiently and professionally. Law enforcement agencies have a responsibility to operate under performance standards that meet international and national law enforcement accredited status. The Illinois State Police strives daily to ensure the Agency meets and exceeds the highest standards of performance,” he added.
“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/records centers/the ISP Academy, and other offices and facilities,” said ISP Accreditation Program Manager Master Sergeant Mark Chounard.
Assistant Inspector General Dean Register from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will serve as the team leader and will be assisted by Chief Mary Ann Viverette (Ret.), from the Gaithersburg, Maryland Police Department. From 2002-2007, Chief Viverette served as a CALEA Commissioner. Assistant Inspector General Register and Chief Viverette have extensive experience in the accreditation process for law enforcement agencies through CALEA. Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the Agency, they will report back to the full Commission. The Commission will determine if the ISP is to be re-accredited.
Individuals interested in offering 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., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155.