815 Wheeler Avenue      Huntsville, Alabama  35801

Lewis Morris
Chief of Police
(256) 427-7001
Dr. Harry Hobbs
Communications Relations Officer
(256) 427-7043


Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment



Huntsville, Alabama (March 29, 2013) – A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), will arrive April 14, 2013, to examine all aspects of the Huntsville Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Lewis Morris announced today.


Verification by the team that the Huntsville Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation - a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence, he said.


As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session Monday April 15, 2013, at 6pm.  The session will be conducted in the City Council Chambers, 308 Fountain Circle.  If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone.  The public may call 256-427-7149 on Tuesday April 16, 2013, between the hours of 1pm and 3pm.  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.  A copy of the Standards is available at the 815 Wheeler Avenue.  Local contact is Captain Vince Dauro, 256-427-5652.  The Huntsville Police Department has to comply with 480 standards in order to maintain accredited status, Chief Morris said. 


The CALEA Program Manager for the Huntsville Police Department is Program Manager Steven Mitchel.  He said the assessment team is composed of public safety practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed.


The assessors are:

Team Leader,

Deputy Director William New

Charleston County Aviation Authority

Charleston, South Carolina


Team Member,

Assistant Chief Sue Snell-Madsen

Miami Township Police Department

Miamisburg, Ohio


Once the CALEA Assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status, Program Manager Steven Mitchell stated.


Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.


For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Virginia, 20155, or email