Accreditation assessment team invites public comment on Gainesville Police Department

Press release from Gainesville Police Department

An assessment team from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), will conduct a remote assessment the week of June 29, 2020, to survey all aspects of the Gainesville Police Department policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. Verification by the assessment team that the Gainesville Police Department 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 professional excellence.

As part of the assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public telephonic commentary session on Monday, June 29, 2020 from of 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM. Individuals may call 352-393-7778 during the aforementioned hours. A copy of the public notice is attached in English and Spanish.

Telephone comments 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 at the Gainesville Police Department Front Lobby at 545 NW 8th Ave. Local contact is Sergeant Lisa Scott at 352-393-7528.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Gainesville Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to cale@calea.org or the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

The Gainesville Police Department must comply with 161 standards in order to gain accredited status. Accreditation is for four years, during which the agency must submit annual reports and participate in annual remote web-based assessments 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 calea@calea.org.

  • Thumbs up to GPD for getting accredited, having a policy and procedures manual, and getting public comment.
    You may recall a May 28 Chronicle article about four longtime Alachua City residents who were arrested on Federal charges of running a major drug distribution network out of the City of Alachua with their 4K and 56 Gangs.
    The Alachua Police Department is not accredited. The APD does not have a policy and procedures manual available for public inspection. The APD just cannot get the local gangs under control. Coincidence? Heck NO.
    Sadly the Chronicle does not do stories any more about the incredible government mismanagement in their own hometown. Why not? Ask them.
    A local right wing podcast from Alachua does daily stories about the crime in East Gainesville, but nothing is reported about the major gangs in Alachua. Why not? Ask them. But tune in tomorrow for another thrilling hour about the Buttlift Bandit.

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