A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) will examine all aspects of the Maui Police Department's (MPD) policies and procedures, management, operations and support services between April 14 and 17.
Verification that the MPD meets the commission's state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to maintain accredited status and continue the department's nationwide recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.
As part of the on-site assessment, the public and department employees are invited to offer telephone comments on the department's services and performance to the assessors on Monday, April 14, from noon to 2 p.m., by calling (844) 200-0125. These calls will not be recorded.
Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the department's ability to comply with the Commission's standards. A copy of the standards is available for review in all police stations.
The process of re-accreditation is held every three years following initial accreditation. This will be the department's sixth re-accreditation assessment. This process is to ensure that the department has continued compliance with all applicable standards. Initial accreditation status was achieved in 1996.
Accreditation provides recognition that the department's managerial and operational policies and procedures are in accord with a body of professional standards and that the department has made a concerted effort to attain professional status. It assures that department's policies and procedures are in written form and available to all personnel. Accreditation assures personnel that every aspect of the department's personnel system is in accord with professional standards that are both fair and equitable.
Lt. Jeraul S. Pladera is the accreditation program manager for the MPD. The assessment team is comprised of two CALEA assessors that come from diverse backgrounds with an international flavor.
The assessors will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the department's written documents, interview individuals, and visit offices and other areas where compliance of the standards can be observed. Inspections of all six police districts will be conducted, Lt. Pladera said.
For further information, call Lt. Pladera at (808) 244-6446.
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the MPD ability to meet the standards for accreditation may write to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Ste. 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.