LACONIA – The Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a program to attain International Accreditation.
Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the program requires agencies to meet and maintain compliance with state of the art standards in four basic areas; policies and procedures, administration, operations, and support services. The assessment includes file review, interviews with employees and citizens, and ride-a-longs with patrol officers. At the completion of the assessment, the team prepares a final report for the commission to review when considering the department's accreditation status.
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 Wednesday, August 7, beginning at 5 p.m. The session will be held in the Community Room of the Police Station at 126 New Salem Street. Agency employees and the public are also invited to offer comments by calling, (603) 524-5257 extension 349 on Wednesday, August 7t between the hours of 1 and 3 p.m.
Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session must address the agency's ability to comply with the commission standards. The local contact is Lieutenant Alfred Lessard, (603) 524-5257 extension 356.
Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Laconia Police Department's ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155, Attention Stephen Mitchell, Program Manager.