Police accreditation officials on island, to take comment

The public is invited to comment on the Maui Police Department’s services and performance as a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies will be visiting Maui County Monday to April 17.

The Maui Police Department is seeking re-accreditation. This is the department’s sixth re-accreditation assessment. Initial accreditation status was achieved on Aug. 3, 1996.

On Monday, the public and Police Department employees will be able to offer telephone comments to the assessors from noon to 2 p.m. by calling 244-6444 for Maui residents and also a toll-free number for all others at (844) 200-0125. The calls will not be recorded.

Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the department’s ability to comply with the commission’s standards. A copy of the standards is available for review in all police stations.

For further information, call Lt. Jeraul S. Pladera, the department’s accreditation program manager, at 244-6446.

The assessors also will visit the department’s six districts. They will examine all aspects of the department’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services.

The process of re-accreditation is held every three years following initial accreditation.

Written comments about the Maui Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation may be sent to the commission. Its address is: 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Va. 20155.