DRBA Police Department Seeks Sixth Re-Accreditation
CALEA Assessment Team Invites Public Comment
(New Castle, DE) On August 10, 2014, a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive at the Delaware Memorial Bridge to conduct a gold standard assessment of all aspects of the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The bi-state agency’s Police Department has three troops, one at the Delaware Memorial Bridge complex and two at the Cape May/Lewes Ferry.
Colonel Richard H. Arroyo, DRBA Police Administrator, noted the importance of the accreditation process. “As a nationally recognized professional law enforcement agency, we are constantly striving to maintain best practices in law enforcement,” Arroyo said. “The CALEA standards serve as a benchmark for any law enforcement agency in pursuit of professional excellence.”
The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.
CALEA commissioners will be notified of the results of the assessment in a detailed report by the team leader. In November 2014, the CALEA Board is expected to vote on the DRBA application, which will determine if a re-accredited status will be awarded. The DRBA Police Department has been accredited agency since 1996.
As part of the on-site assessment, DRBA employees and the general public are invited to offer comments that address the department’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. Questions regarding the standards and a copy of the CALEA Standards Manual can be answered or received by the DRBA Accreditation Office, Master Cpl. Kristen Todd, at (302) 571-6431.
On August 12, 2014, the public may call (302) 571-6426 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to speak to a member of the assessment team. Telephone comments will be limited to ten minutes per call and must address the police department's ability to comply with CALEA's standards.
Individuals wishing to offer written comments about the Delaware River and Bay Authority Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write CALEA at the following address:
Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA)
13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320
Gainesville, Virginia 20155
Once re-accredited, the police department must submit annual reports to CALEA attesting to its continued compliance with those standards. At the end of a three-year period, the Delaware River and Bay Authority Police Department will seek re-accreditation once again. For more information on accreditation, please call CALEA at (703) 352-4225.
About the Delaware River and Bay Authority
The DRBA, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, and the Delaware City – Salem Ferry Crossing. The DRBA also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All DRBA operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities. For more information, visit www.drba.net.
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