Sumter PD seeks public comment for accreditation

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 2/16/18

Sumter residents will have the opportunity to voice opinions of Sumter Police Department's performance during a public information session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Sumter City Council Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main …

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Sumter PD seeks public comment for accreditation

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Sumter residents will have the opportunity to voice opinions of Sumter Police Department's performance during a public information session at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Sumter City Council Chambers, fourth floor of Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St.

Since 1995, Sumter Police Department has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. which requires agencies to be in compliance with state-of-the-art standards in four areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations and support services to the community.

The department is assessed every three years.

A copy of the compliance standards is available for review at Sumter Police Department, 107 E. Hampton Ave.

Anyone who is unable to attend the meeting can provide comments by phone or mail.

Residents can speak with a CALEA assessor by calling (803) 436-2737 between 2 and 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28. Phone comments, as well as appearances at the public information session, are limited to 10 minutes and must address the police department's ability to comply with CALEA's standards.

Written comments should be mailed to Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.

Lt. C.L. Johnson Sr., accreditation manager for the Sumter department, said the assessment team is composed of public safety practitioners from out-of-state law enforcement agencies of similar sizes who will review written materials, interview individuals and visit offices and other facilities where compliance to standards can be witnessed.

Johnson can be reached at (803) 436-2729 or (803) 795-2009 for more information.

Follow Sumter Police Department on social media for updates regarding the accreditation process.