Such assessments are typically conducted in person, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CALEA and the Forest Preserve District will use video conferencing, emails and phone lines instead.
On May 13 and 14 a CALEA assessment team will review online documents and hold video conferences with select personnel.
On Wednesday May 13, between 3 and 6 p.m. the team will take comments from the public by phone at 630-949-2320
. Comments will be taken by a member of the CALEA assessment team.
Comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Police Department’s ability to comply with CALEA standards, which are posted here
. (For alternate ways to view these standards, contact the Forest Preserve District’s accreditation manager, Christina Adcock, at email@example.com
Individuals can also send written comments by May 14 to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 13575 Heathcote Blvd, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.
The CALEA assessment team is comprised of team leader Wayne McCoy, retired police chief for Blue Springs, Missouri, and Phillip Sargent, assistant police chief for Muscatine, Iowa.
The team will examine Forest Preserve District policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services and then report to the full commission, which will then decide if the District will again receive accreditation. The Forest Preserve District must apply for reaccreditation every four years.
The Forest Preserve District’s police department has maintained CALEA accreditation since 2001 by complying with standards of excellence in police operations established by the commission. The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60+ forest preserves, 166 miles of trails, six education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, blog, Facebook, Twitter
and Instagram pages.