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Re-Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment In Scarsdale

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SCARSDALE, N.Y. – A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., will arrive on Sunday, Dec. 7, to examine all aspects of the Scarsdale Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services, Chief John A. Brogan announced Friday, Nov. 28.

Verification by the assessment team that the Scarsdale Police Department meets the commission's state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to maintain National Accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.

As a part of the on-site assessment, the public and agency employees are invited to offer comments on the agency's services and performance at a public information session, Monday, Dec. 8, at 5 p.m. The session will be conducted in the third floor Community Room of the Scarsdale Village Hall, located at 1001 Post Road in Scarsdale.

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 914-574-6526 on Dec. 8, between the hours of 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Telephone comments, as well as those made at the public information session are limited to ten minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with the Commission's standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Scarsdale Village Library and Scarsdale Police Headquarters. For further information, call Sgt. James Newman, the accreditation program manager for the department, at 914-722-1200.

Anyone wishing to make written comment about the Scarsdale Police Department's ability to meet the standards for accreditation may write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Va. 20155.

You can contact the Village of Scarsdale Police Department by visiting 50 Tompkins Road, Scarsdale, or calling (914) 722-1200.

Brogan said that "Re-accreditation will be a confirmation from our peers that we continue to meet the highest standards of law enforcement practice. Through the accreditation process, we have already been able to improve every facet of our operations and the delivery of service to the citizens of Scarsdale."

Newman said the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed. Once the commission's assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted re-accredited status.

Accreditation is for three years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which they were initially accredited.

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