NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The North Charleston Police Department is asking for public input as part of the department's effort to gain accreditation.
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will perform the evaluation. The team will verify that the North Charleston Police Department meets the Commission's state-of-the-art standards in policy, procedure, management, operations and support services.
A Public Information Session will be held Monday, November 5 at 6 p.m. in the Montague Room, 2nd Floor at North Charleston City Hall. The session will allow citizens and agency employees to comment on the department's services.
In a release from the department, Chief Zumalt states that in order to gain accredited status, the department had to comply with 480 standards that were recognized as the top police practices in the nation.
To complete the accreditation process, the assessors will review written materials, interview individuals and officers, and observe officers in action.
Accreditation lasts three years. Accredited departments must submit annual reports to show compliance to the Commission's standards.
Comments can be made over telephone by those who cannot attend Monday's meeting. To leave a comment, call 843-740-2819 on November 5 between the hours of 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Hand written comments about the department can be sent to:
13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320
Gainesville, VA 20155