DRBA Police Department Earns 2011 CALEA Re-Accreditation
Agency Receives 100% Compliance Rating for Fourth Consecutive Assessment
(New Castle, DE) Today, Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) Police Department officials announced that the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) unanimously voted to re-accredit the DRBA Police Department with meritorious status. On November 19, 2011, the Authority Police Department was awarded its fifth re-accreditation by CALEA, a highly regarded and broadly recognized body of Law Enforcement Accreditation standards.
According to DRBA Police Administrator Joseph Bryant, Jr., the assessment team reviewed four hundred and seventy-nine (479) standards, conducted interviews, inspected equipment, and observed daily operations. “The assessment team’s examination of our Department was thorough and focused on compliance with standards of excellence for a law enforcement agency,” Bryant said, noting that the CALEA program has become the primary method for an agency to voluntarily demonstrate their commitment to excellence in law enforcement. “Our officers and staff worked extremely hard to earn a fourth consecutive 100% compliance rating during the assessment process, a feat not many law enforcement agencies can claim. It’s an honor and a privilege to lead the men and women of this Department.”
In August, 2011, a two (2) member CALEA assessment team conducted a four (4) day on-site assessment of the DRBA Police Department to determine compliance with nationally adopted operational, administrative, training, and personnel management standards. The assessors, Chief Paul MacMillan of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Transit Police Department and Paul McCurtain of the St. Charles Police Department, St. Charles, Illinois, conducted an exit interview on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 and reported that they had concluded that the DRBA Police Department was in compliance with all mandatory and other-than-mandatory standards applicable to our agency. The assessment team submitted a detailed report to the Accreditation Commission staff and commissioners. The Authority received a copy of that report in October 2011. On November 19, 2011, Police Administrator Joseph Bryant, Jr. and Accreditation Manager M/Cpl. Kristen Todd appeared before CALEA’s 21-member governing body to represent the Police Department at the national CALEA conference.
The DRBA Police Department was first accredited by CALEA in 1996, and has since maintained its accredited status. The last four (4) re-accreditations were met with a 100% compliance rating. All agencies participating in the CALEA process are required to submit an annual report to CALEA and are inspected once every three (3) years to ensure compliance with CALEA standards.
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, the Three Forts Ferry Crossing and the Salem Business Centre in Carney’s Point Twp., NJ. 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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