815 Wheeler Ave.

Huntsville, Alabama  35801


Rex Reynolds                         Wendell Johnson

       Chief of Police               Public Affairs Administrator

(256) 427-7001                       (256) 427-7043  

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Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment


Huntsville, Alabama (December 1, 2006) A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive in Huntsville on Saturday, December 9, 2006, to examine all aspects of the Huntsville Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations and support services, Police Chief Rex Reynolds announced today. The assessors are John M. Rankin, Team Leader, along with Craig Hartlett and William Dean.


Chief Reynolds said, “Verification is the process by the team that the Huntsville Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards which is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement excellence.” The Huntsville Police Department was originally accredited in March of 1996. This will be the department’s third re-accreditation process.


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 Monday, December 11, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. The session will be conducted in the Huntsville City Council Chambers, located at 308 Fountain Circle.


If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session, but would like to provide comments to the assessment team, the person may do so by telephone. The public may call (256) 427-7152 on Monday, December 11, 2006, between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.


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 Municipal Justice and Public Safety Complex located at 815 Wheeler Avenue. The local contact is Lieutenant Sherry Jackson, the Department’s Accreditation Manager, at (256) 427-7121.


Individuals wishing to offer written comments about the Huntsville Police Department’s ability to meet standards for reaccreditation are asked to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, Virginia 22030-2215.


Lieutenant Jackson said, “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 offices, along with other places where compliance can be witnessed. Once the Commission’s assessors complete the review of the Huntsville Police Department, they will report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted reaccredited status.”  Lt. Jackson added that the accreditation is for three years, during which HPD must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with the applicable accreditation standards.


For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), please write the Commission at 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030-2215; or call (800) 368-3757 or (703) 352-4225.