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Columbus Police strive for CALEA accreditation

The public had an opportunity Monday to weigh in on the professionalism and qualifications of the Columbus Police Department.

Assessors with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) held a public meeting Monday evening to hear residents' opinions of how well the department, and its officers, work. In addition to the meeting, assessors accepted phone calls from the public for two hours on Monday afternoon.

Assessors for CALEA arrived in Columbus on Sunday morning and will remain in the city through Tuesday, said Rohde. He adds that the department is working to receive accreditation from the organization and is being evaluated on up to 188 standards of professional law enforcement excellence.

Rohde says getting the is a big deal for the department, as well as the city. Further accreditation means lower insurance costs for Columbus, said Rohde. He added that area residents will have the confidence of knowing that their police department is doing everything at the highest possible standards and continues to strive for improvement.

Rohde says that the assessors will gather all of their data, look it over, then make a decision. The chief says that he will have to appear before a CALEA board in November to hear the board's decision. That meeting will be held in New Mexico.

Last Updated: Monday, August 11, 2014 8:08:10 PM

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