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Norwalk Police Seek Accreditation

NORWALK, Conn. – If you have an opinion about the Norwalk Police Department, you can make it known at a special meeting to be held Nov. 29.

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive in Norwalk on Nov. 28 to examine all aspects of the NPD's policies and procedures, management, operations and support services, Chief Harry Rilling announced. The team will decide if the NPD meets the commission's standards for accreditation, which Rilling said is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.

As part of the assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m. in the community room at police headquarters, located at One Monroe Street.

Accreditation could save Norwalk money, according to the CALEA website , which says, "Many agencies report a reduction in its liability insurance costs and/or reimbursement of accreditation fees." Accredited agencies are also better able to defend themselves against civil lawsuits, and "many agencies report a decline in legal actions against them, once they become accredited."

If you can't make the meeting you can tell the assessment team what you think over the telephone. The public may call (203) 854-3056 between 1 and 4 p.m. on Nov. 29.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to five minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA's standards.

Written comments can be mailed to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 10306 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, VA 22030-2215.

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