National Accreditation Team Invites Public Input On Maui Police Department

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The Maui’s Police Department’s policies and procedures will come under scrutiny next month to determine if the department has made a concerted effort to maintain its professional status.

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies will examine the department between April 14-17. The assessment is a voluntary process in order for the department to maintain accredited status and continue to meet CALEA’s standards of professional excellence. This process is to ensure that the department has continued compliance with all applicable standards.

As part of the on-site assessment, the public and department employees are invited comment on the department’s services and performance to the assessors. Comments and observations can by made by calling 808-244-6444 on Monday, April 14, 2014, from 12pm to 2pm. A toll-free number has also been set up at 844-200-0215. Not sure if this is good or bad, but the MPD says they won’t record the calls.

In any case, telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the department’s ability to comply with the Commission’s standards. A copy of the standards is available for review in all police stations.

Those who want to submit written comments about the Maui Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation may write to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.; 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA, 20155.

Accreditation by CALEA assures that department’s policies and procedures are in written form and available to all personnel. Accreditation also assures personnel that every aspect of the department’s personnel system is in accord with professional standards which is both fair and equitable.

Two CALEA assessors will conduct a comprehensive examination of the department’s written documents, interview individuals, and visit offices and other areas where compliance of the standards can be observed. Inspections of all six police districts will be conducted, said Lieutenant Jeraul S. Pladera, the Accreditation Program Manager for the Maui Police Department.

The process of re-accreditation is held every three years following initial accreditation. This will be the department’s sixth re-accreditation assessment. Initial accreditation status was achieved on Aug. 3, 1996.

(Disclosure: MauiTime Owner/Publisher Tommy Russo is currently suing the County of Maui over an alleged assault by a Maui police officer.)

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