|SPRINGFIELD, IL - As part of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.’s (CALEA) re-accreditation process, a team of assessors from CALEA will again examine all aspects of Illinois State Police (ISP) policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services beginning September 8.|
"Verification that the ISP continues to meet the Commission’s state of the art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain and maintain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence," said ISP Director Sam W. Nolen.
Part of the assessment includes inviting agency employees and members of the community to offer comments by calling the assessment team toll free at (866) 531-0012, Monday, September 10, between the hours of 1 and 5 p.m. Comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the Agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. A copy of the standards is available at the ISP Accreditation Office, Office of Inspection and Audits, 201 East Adams, Suite 300, Springfield, or by contacting Master Sergeant Michael Schneider, Accreditation Manager, 217-524-5886. Persons wishing to offer 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., 10306 Eaton Place, Suite 320, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030-2201.
According to Nolen, the ISP has to comply with 360 CALEA standards in order to retain accredited status. "Ensuring the Illinois State Police meets internationally accepted standards for the operations of police agencies ensures the citizens of Illinois that the Department exceeds the high standards of performance demanded by modern society," he said.
ISP Accreditation Program Manager, Master Sergeant Michael Schneider, said 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, and records centers, the training academy, and other offices and facilities. Major Tom Clark of the Henrico County Virginia Police Department will serve as the team leader and will be assisted by Colonel Richard Holden, head of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and Sergeant Larry Herbert, Colorado Springs Police Department. Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the Agency, they report back to the full Commission which will then decide if the ISP is to be re-accredited.
Re-accreditation will be for a three-year period during which the Department must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was re-accredited. The Illinois State Police was the first state police agency accredited by CALEA in 1986. Additionally, ISP forensic laboratories received the first accreditation issued by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors in 1984. Both accreditations have been maintained since their initial accreditation.