Residents Encouraged to Support SPD at Public Meeting

Speedway Neighborhood Watch and the Citizens Academy Alumni would like to encourage our fellow residents to show our continued support to the Speedway Police Department during the public meeting portion of their upcoming assessment by CALEA, an organization conducting an accreditation process described in the press release issued by SPD last week (see below).

Due to SPD’s ongoing commitment and efforts to reach out and partner with our community and work together to keep our town safe (in particular, through its two community policing programs, the Citizens Academy and Neighborhood Watch), we would like to show our full support for SPD at this very important public meeting. SPD’s undertaking of the CALEA accreditation process further indicates their commitment to serve our town and its residents.

We hope you’ll join us in supporting SPD on Tuesday, December 2nd at 6PM! Please see Press Release below for further details.

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MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ACCREDITATION ASSESSMENT TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT

(Speedway, Indiana, November 2014)—A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), will arrive on December 1, 2014, to examine all aspects of the Speedway Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services, Chief James Campbell announced today. Verification by the team that Speedway Police meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation—a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence, he said. As part of the assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday, December 2nd, at 6pm. The session will be conducted at the Town Hall Meeting Room, located at 1450 N. Lynhurst Drive, Speedway, Indiana.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. The public may call 317-246-4326 on December 2nd, between the hours of 1pm and 3pm.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Speedway Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA®), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155.

The Speedway Police Department has to comply with 189 standards in order to gain accredited status, Chief James Campbell said. “Over the past three years, Speedway Police Department has reviewed and prepared Department policies and practices in an effort to attain accreditation from CALEA. This has been a journey that will hopefully result in national recognition of best practices and policy in professional law enforcement. The Department has worked diligently to achieve this goal. The Department and the Community will be well served by this effort. I am truly proud of SPD for accepting this challenge.”

Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville Virginia, 20155 or call 703-352-4225 or email calea@calea.org.

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