Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced today that a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive Monday, July 30, 2012, to examine all aspects of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

“The visit from this assessment team is part of a voluntary process to retain accreditation,” said Sheriff Craig Webre. “For the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office to meet the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards would be a highly-prized recognition of public safety and professional excellence.”

As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Lafourche Parish Courthouse, Division “E” (Second Floor) at 201 Green Street in Thibodaux.

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 or she may do so by telephone. The public can speak to an assessor between 1:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M. on Wednesday, August 1, 2012, by calling (985) 449-4492.

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 for review at the Ferd H. Block Building in Thibodaux. Those seeking to review the standards can contact Deputy James Plaisance for assistance at (985) 449-4492.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation can write to: Commission on Accreditation on Law Enforcement, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

“The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office has to comply with more than 460 standards in order to retain our accreditation status,” said Sheriff Webre. “While this is a voluntary program, compliance with each and every standard is not an option as far as I’m concerned, and as far as every man and woman in this agency is concerned. It is simply the right thing to do.”

The CALEA Program Manager for the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office is Steve Mitchell. The assessment team is composed of public safety practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies.

Major Paul Baggett from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Lakeland, Florida, and Ms. Tamera Bulla, Director of Research and Planning for the Howard County Police Department in Maryland, will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed. 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 retain its accreditation status.

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. The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office achieved initial accreditation status in 2000.

For more information regarding CALEA, please write to the aforementioned address for the commission, or call (800) 368-3757 or (703)352-4425, or email them at calea@calea.org.

Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment