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Culpeper Police accredited by CALEA for the fifth time

April 7, 2017 | VACP

News Image The Culpeper Police Department earned its fifth advanced international accreditation certification from the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) following a panel interview by CALEA commissioners at CALEA's conference in Mobile, Alabama on March 25, 2017.

On Saturday, March 25, 2017, Culpeper Police Chief Chris R. Jenkins, Major Chief Settle, Lieutenant Lee Rees, and Lieutenant Jeff Dodson appeared before a four-member panel of commissioners to answer questions about the department and its operations. The commissioners reviewed the assessment report prepared in November by a two-member team of law enforcement professionals from outside of Virginia, who reviewed department compliance with specified standards, conducted ride-alongs with officers, interviewed citizens, and conducted a public hearing.

The panel comprised of Curtis Holt, who is the City Manager for Wyoming, Michigan. Chief Pete Kassetas, who is the Chief of Police for the New Mexico State Police. Douglas Knight, who is the Chief of Police (retired) with the Vandalia Police Department in Ohio. Mr. Marlon Lynch, who is the Vice President for Global Campus Safety at the New York University Department of Public Safety.

The 27-page assessment report, written by Captain Perry L. Twisdale of the Henderson Police Department in North Carolina following his team's visit concluded that the Culpeper Police Department "shows a top to bottom understanding of the accreditation process and has implemented it into their agency culture." Captain Twisdale also noted in his report that the police department "is very involved with the community and with the programs they offer."
CALEA is a voluntary international program that demonstrates a department's commitment to excellence, while serving its citizens and showing that the agency is meeting internationally established best practices for law enforcement agencies.

In a March 2017 letter congratulating the Culpeper Police Department on its reaccreditation CALEA chairperson Chief Richard W. Myers (Newport News Police Department) and CALEA Executive Director W. Craig Hartley Jr. indicated that CALEA accreditation is the "mark of professional excellence" and "gold standard" for the agency.

In order to achieve CALEA accreditation, the Culpeper Police Department is required to meet the tough 484 standards outlined by CALEA. The agency is required to establish written directives for these standards and show compliance with these written directives.

In Virginia there are 340 law enforcement agencies. Only 31 of these agencies are accredited with CALEA. Culpeper Police Department is the 3rd smallest law enforcement agency in Virginia with CALEA accreditation status.

"CALEA accreditation is truly the gold standard in public safety and a true testament to the hard work that the men and women of the agency do each day in our community." states Chief Chris Jenkins. "CALEA accreditation is a report card for our community from an outside agency showing that we are meeting internationally established best practices for law enforcement agencies. We are thankful to have such a supportive community who embraces the CALEA accreditation process. We will continue to evaluate the services that we provide to our citizens each day and strive to deliver the highest quality police service to our citizens that we can" according to Chief Jenkins.

CALEA Executive Director W. Craig Hartley Jr. will publicly present the CALEA advanced re-accreditation certification at the Town Council meeting on April 11, 2017 at 7:00pm.

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Contact: Lieutenant Jeff Dodson – (540) 212-8231
Photo attached: Chief Jenkins, Major Settle, Lieutenant Rees, and Lieutenant Dodson accepting the CALEA accreditation award in Mobile, Alabama on March 25, 2017 from Chief Richard W. Myers.