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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Fort Smith Police Department to undergo accreditation verification starting July 27

A site-based assessment team from the Commission on Accreditation forLaw Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will conduct a virtual on-site assessment beginning July 27, 2020 to examine all aspects of the Fort Smith Police Department policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

Verification by the team that Fort Smith 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 telephone comments on July 27, 2020 at 1 PM.

Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA Standards. The public may call (479) 709-5167 on July 27, 2020 between the hours of 1 PM and 3 PM. For questions regarding specific standards, e-mails may be sent to

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Fort Smith Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement,

Inc. (CALEA®), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

The Fort Smith Police Department has to comply with 191 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.

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