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Public Comment Invited during Re-Accreditation Process

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Contact: Deb Collins 402-479-4985
August 2, 2016


Public Comment Invited during NSP Re-Accreditation Process

(Lincoln, Neb.)- A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive August 8, 2016, to examine all aspects of the Nebraska State Patrol’s policy and procedures, management, operations and support services.

Assessor verification is a voluntary process used to ensure the Nebraska State Patrol meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards in retaining its accreditation, a highly cherished recognition of law enforcement excellence.

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 Tuesday, August 9. The session beginning at 5:30 p.m. will be held in the Nebraska Department of Roads Commission Hearing Room located at 1500 Nebraska Highway 2, in Lincoln.

Individuals who are unable to appear at the Public Information Session, but would like to still provide comments to the Assessment Team, may do so by telephone. Interested persons may call 402-326-6402 on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, between the hours of 9:00 -11:00 a.m. All telephone calls will be unscreened and unrecorded.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the Public Information Session, are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. The standards are available for review during regular business hours at the State Patrol Headquarters located at 1600 Nebraska Highway 2, in Lincoln.  A review of the CALEA standards may be scheduled by contacting Accreditation Manager David Dishong at 402-479-4940.

Person’s wishing to offer written comments about the Nebraska State Patrol’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155.

“Gaining accredited status is a complex process,” said Colonel Brad Rice, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “Complying with the nearly 500 CALEA standards helps to ensure we are continuing to provide professional, state-of-the-art law enforcement services to the citizens of Nebraska.”

The Assessment Team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit functions and other places where compliance can be witnessed.

The Assessment Team will be comprised of Major Albert Leary, Henrico County Police Division, Henrico, Virginia, and Special Agent Cynthia Ledford, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Decatur, Georgia.

Once the review is completed, the assessors will report to the full Commission which will decide if the Nebraska State Patrol is to be granted accredited status.  

The Nebraska State Patrol was first accredited in 1989. Accreditation is for three years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

During the last accreditation period in 2013-2014, CALEA awarded the Nebraska State Patrol the Gold Standard Accreditation “With Excellence Award.”  The agency had previously been recognized as a Flagship Agency, a program designed to acknowledge CALEA accredited public safety agencies that have demonstrated success in the accreditation process. ###

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