Marietta Police Department to hold virtual public information meeting about their CALEA re-accreditation

Marietta police car, in artlcle about Whitlock AvenueMarietta Police Car (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

The Marietta Police Department is seeking re-accreditation with Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), and as part of the process will hold a virtual public information session.

The meeting will on Monday, August 10, 2020 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m, and you can register advance by visiting https://mariettaga.webex.com/mariettaga/onstage/g.php?MTID=e2e6b0688752198351b4ec6f465396c15 and using the webinar access code 132 781 5267. 

The following public information release from Officer Chuck McPhilamy of the Marietta Police Department describes CALEA and the accreditation process:

The Marietta Police Department is seeking re-accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), the gold standard for law enforcement professionalism.  Part of the evaluation by a CALEA assessment team includes a public information session on Monday, August 10, 2020 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. via the WebEx video communication platform.  if you would like to attend and make comments please register in advance at: https://mariettaga.webex.com/mariettaga/onstage/g.php?MTID=e2e6b0688752198351b4ec6f465396c15 and use webinar access code 132 781 5267. 

Members of the community and MPD employees unable to make the August 10th session are invited to offer comments by calling 408-418-9388 and entering access code 132 622 3250on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 between 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.  Comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the MPD’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. Standards are available at the Marietta Police Department, located at 240 Lemon Street. For more information, call Officer Gwen Lewis at 770-794-5431.  Written comments about the Marietta Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for advanced accreditation should be sent to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd. Suite 320, Gainesville, Va. 20155; or emailed to calea@calea.org.

The Marietta Police Department was first accredited by CALEA in 1998 and was the first agency to be accredited in Cobb County. The agency is undergoing Advanced Accreditation under the 5th Edition Standards Manual.  The assessors this year are: Superintendent Susan Maycock of the Peel Regional Police (Ontario), and Lieutenant Andrew Spiess of the Virginia Beach Police Department.  CALEA’s accreditation program requires law enforcement agencies to comply with more than 484 applicable state-of-the art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.  Established in 1979 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the National Sheriffs’ Association, and the Police Executive Research Forum, CALEA is recognized internationally as the key credentialing authority for law enforcement agencies.  For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Blvd. Suite 320, Gainesville, Va. 20155; or call (703) 352-4225 or email calea@calea.org

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