Public comment welcome on Millsboro Police Department’s CALEA assessment

MILLSBORO – The Millsboro Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment April 15-17 as part of a program to achieve accreditation by verifying it meets professional standards.

Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the art standards in four basic areas: policies and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.

The two CALEA assessors who will conduct Millsboro’s assessment are Lewiston (Maine) Police Chief William Welch and retired Vermont state trooper Dee Barbic.

Chief Welch, the lead assessor, has been a police officer since 1976; Ms. Barbic retired with 26-plus years in law enforcement. They will review all department policies and procedures, conduct interviews with officers and do ride-alongs with town police.

“They are going to assess our entire operations; every aspect you could think of,” said Millsboro Police Department Lt. Robert Legates in an April 2 presentation to town council.

Their report and recommendation will be sent to the CALEA commission. Accreditation awards will be presented at a conference this summer.

This will be Millsboro’s fourth CALEA re-accreditation. “We’re pretty excited about that,” said Lt. Legates.

Public comment

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday, April 16 at 4:30 p.m. The session will be conducted in the Millsboro Town Center, located at 322 Wilson Hwy., Millsboro.

Agency employees and the public are also invited to offer comments by calling (302) 515-4184 on Monday, April 16 between the hours of 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Comments will be taken by the assessment team.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session will be limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Millsboro Police Department. Local contact is Lt. Robert C. Legates Jr. at 934-8174.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Millsboro Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Fairfax, Virginia 22030-2201 or email calea@calea.org.

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