Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment
Published on October 30, 2023
Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment Kalamazoo, MI A team of assessors from the Michigan Law Enforcement Accrediation Commission (MLEAC) will arrive at the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety on Thursday, November 2, 2023, to examine all aspects of the department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services as part of the police accreditation final assessment.
“Verification by the team that Kalamazoo Public Safety meets the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission’s ‘best practice’ standards is part of a voluntary process to achieve accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” Chief David Boysen said.
As part of this final on-site assessment, employees and members of the general public are invited to provide comments to the Assessment Team. They may do so by telephone or email. The public may call 269-337-8431 on Thursday, November 2, 2023, between the hours of 1pm-3pm. Emailed comments can be sent to Captain Danielle Guilds at email@example.com.
Telephone comments are limited to five (5) minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the Commission’s standards. A copy of the standards are available for inspection at: https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.michiganpolicechiefs.org/resource/resmgr/accreditation/M LEAC_Standards_4.0_-_Revise.pdf
Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation is requested to email the Accreditation Program manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or write the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 3474 Alaiedon Pkwy, Suite 600, Okemos, MI 48864.
The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety must comply with 108 standards in order to achieve accredited status. Chief David Boysen indicated, “Accreditation results in greater accountability within the agency, reduced risk and liability exposure, stronger defense David Boysen Chief of Public Safety KALAMAZOO PUBLIC SAFETY against civil lawsuits, increased community advocacy, and more confidence in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and respond to community needs.” The Accreditation Program Director for the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police is Chief Ron Wiles (Ret.).
“The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar Michigan law enforcement agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview agency members, and visit offices and other places where compliance with the standards can be observed. Once the assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status,” Ron Wiles stated.
Accreditation is valid for a three-year period during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to their continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.
The MACP, through its Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, is the legitimate authority and accreditation agency in the state of Michigan. For more information regarding the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, please write the Commission at: MACP, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 3474 Alaiedon Pkwy, Suite 600, Okemos, MI 48864 or email at email@example.com.