Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre, once again, reminded residents that a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), will arrive on August 2, 2015 to examine all aspects of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff Office policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services.
"Verification by the team that the Lafourche Parish Sheriff Office meets the Commission's state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of public safety and professional excellence," said Sheriff Webre.
As part of the assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session at 6 p.m. on Monday, August 3, 2015 in the Lafourche Parish Courthouse, Division "E" (Second Floor) located at 201 Green Street, Thibodaux, Louisiana.
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/she may do so by telephone. The public may call (985) 438-0622 on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 between the hours of 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.
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 Standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Block Building in Thibodaux, LA. Local contact is Sergeant Patrick Bowen at (985) 387-4453.
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Lafourche Parish Sheriff Office's ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155.
"The Lafourche Parish Sheriff Office has to comply with approximately 403 standards in order to gain accredited status," Sheriff Webre said. "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."
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.
For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155; or call (703) 352-4225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.