A public information session will be held today as part of an on-site assessment for the Pismo Beach Police Department to retain national accreditation.
Community members and law enforcement personnel can offer comments at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers at 760 Mattie Road.
The accreditation program is administered by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art professional standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.
The department in 2007 became the fifth municipal police department in California to attain national accreditation – recognition, officials say, that is a “stamp of approval” of law enforcement professional excellence. It has to be renewed every three years.
Comments will be limited to 10 minutes and must address the police department’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. A copy of the standards manual is available at the police department; to view it, contact Accreditation Manager Sherry Lange at 773-7018.
Public comment may also be made by phone from 2 to 4 p.m. today by calling 773-7047. Written comments can be sent to CALEA, 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Ste 320, Gainsville, VA 20155.
More information is also available at www.calea.org/content/law-enforcement-accreditation.
-- Cynthia Lambert