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Public input sought on MPD accreditation

The Maui News

Telephone and written comments will be accepted on the Maui Police Department’s ability to meet accreditation standards, and an assessment team from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies will be on Maui from March 27 to 30 to examine the department’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support system.

Verification by the assessment team that MPD meets commission standards is part of a voluntary process to maintain its accredited status, achieved Aug. 3, 1996. After initial accreditation, reaccreditation is done every three years to ensure the department has continued to comply with standards.

Capt. Everett Ferreira, who is MPD’s accreditation program manager, said that the assessment team is made up of two CALEA assessors from diverse backgrounds.

Assessors will review MPD written documents, interview people and visit offices and other areas. Inspections of all six police districts will be done.

As part of the on-site assessment, the public and MPD employees can make comments by telephone from noon to 2 p.m. March 28 to assessors on MPD’s service and performance. Maui residents can call 244-6444. Toll-free calls can be made to (844) 201-6870. Calls will not be recorded.

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

People wanting more information can call Ferreira at 244-6466.

Written comments can be mailed to Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Va. 20155.

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