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Brown’s Department of Public Safety to begin reaccreditation process
As part of the national reaccreditation process for Brown University’s Department of Public Safety to be conducted this summer, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies will conduct a special public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, April 26, in MacMillan Hall, Room 117. Community members may also submit written comments. DPS received its initial accreditation in July 1998, and was reaccredited in July 2001.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) will attend a special public meeting Monday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in MacMillan Hall, Room 117, Col. Paul V. Verrecchia, director of Brown’s Department of Public Safety (DPS), announced today. The public meeting is part of a national reaccreditation process for DPS.
Monday’s meeting was arranged to gather comments from the community in advance of the on-site process this summer. The CALEA team will visit the Brown campus on Aug. 14, 2004, to begin the examination for renewing the national accreditation. It will examine all aspects of the department’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services.
Community members may also offer written comments about the department’s ability to meet the accreditation standards. Comments should be addressed to
DPS was first accredited in July 1998. Only five Rhode Island law enforcement agencies currently have national CALEA accreditation: the Rhode Island State Police, the Warwick Police Department, the Smithfield Police Department, the Cumberland Police Department and Brown’s Department of Public Safety. National accreditation, a voluntary process, certifies that agencies meet CALEA’s stringent standards for professional excellence – a highly prized recognition, Verrecchia said.
All comments from the April 26 meeting and all written comments sent to CALEA will become part of the accreditation team’s final report. A copy of the CALEA Standards Manual is available at the Department of Public Safety headquarters, 75 Charlesfield St. Persons wishing to review these standards should contact Lt. Bruce Holt at (401) 863-3313. Holt is the DPS accreditation manager.
Accreditation is extended for a three-year period, during which the accredited agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with the standards under which it was initially accredited.