BLACKSBURG, Va. (WSLS 10) – An assessment team representing the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. will visit Virginia Tech beginning June 14 to examine all aspects of the Virginia Tech Police Department.
The voluntary CALEA accreditation requires police agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in policies and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session at 4 p.m. on June 16 in the South End Zone Club at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg.
Individuals unable to attend the public session may provide comment by calling (540) 231-1334 on June 15 between 1-3 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 for review at the Virginia Tech Police Department.
Written comments on the department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation may be sent to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia, 20155.
Officials say accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was originally accredited.
This will be the sixth re-accreditation process for the Virginia Tech Police Department. It was first accredited in 1995.