Accreditation assessment team invites public comment

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies‚ Inc….

Georgia (Nov 11, 2002) — Accreditation assessment team invites public comment

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A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies‚ Inc.‚ will arrive on campus Dec. 7 to examine all aspects of the Kennesaw State University Department of Public Safety's policy and procedures‚ management‚ operations and support services‚ KSU Public Safety Director Ted Cochran announced today.



As part of the on−site assessment‚ agency employees and members of the campus community are invited to offer comments at a public information session Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. The session will be conducted in Room 151 of the Burruss Building on the KSU Campus‚ located at 1000 Chastain Road in Kennesaw.



"Verification by the team that the KSU Department of Public Safety meets the commission's state−of−the−art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation −−a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence‚" Cochran said. "KSU's Department of Public Safety has to comply with 344 standards in order to gain accredited status. The self−assessment phase of the accreditation process‚ which we have recently completed in preparation for the assessors' visit‚ has allowed us to 'fine tune' our administration and operations in order to offer the highest level of law enforcement services to the campus community we serve."



The Accreditation Program Manager for the KSU Department of Public Safety Captain Kemper Anderson said the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar but out−of−state agencies. The assessors will review written materials‚ interview individuals‚ and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed and include Commander Brian Seastone‚ University of Arizona Police Department (team leader); Deputy Chief Daniel Strunk‚ University of Alabama at Birmingham Police Department; and Assistant Chief Dean Tondiglia‚ Kent State University Police Department.



"Once the commission's assessors complete their review of the agency‚ they report back to the full commission‚ which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status‚" Anderson said.



Accreditation is for three years‚ during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.



Persons who cannot attend the public information session but would like to provide comments to the assessment team‚ may do so by calling 770−423−6945 on Dec.10 between the hours of 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.



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 at KSU's Department of Public Safety by contacting Captain Kemper Anderson at 770−423−6206.



Persons wishing to offer written comments about the KSU Department of Public Safety's ability to meet the standards for accreditation‚ or to obtain more information regarding CALEA‚ are requested to write to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies‚ Inc.‚ 10306 Eaton Place‚ Suite 320‚ Fairfax‚ Virginia‚ 22030−2201.



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Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population of 15‚600 from 118 countries. The fifth largest out of 34 institutions in the University System of Georgia‚ KSU offers 55 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.



 

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