Covington Police Department Announces CALEA Assessment; Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

(Covington, Kentucky, July 4, 2017) – A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive Monday, July 17, 2017 to examine all aspects of Covington Police Department policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Bryan Carter announced today.

Verification by the team that Covington Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence, Carter said. As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. The session will be conducted at the Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington 321 MLK Blvd//W. 12th Street Covington, KY 41011.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. The public may call 859.292.2221 on July 18, 2017 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 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 Standards. A copy of the standards is available at Covington Police Department Headquarters. Local contact is Captain Gregory J Jones at (859) 292-2221. Persons wishing to offer written comments about Covington Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation/recognition are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155.

Covington Police Department must comply with 189 standards to maintain accredited/recognized status, Chief Carter said. “I am pleased to announce our upcoming accreditation onsite and welcome CALEA assessors to our department. Through CALEA accreditation, we assure our department is abiding by internationally-recognized law enforcement standards to show our citizens and visitors that Covington Police Department is the best it can be.”