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UCSF Police Department Up for Re-Accreditation

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A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive April 13 to examine all aspects of the UCSF Police Department policy and procedures, management, operations and services against national best practices for the purposes of re-accreditation of the UCSF Police Department, Chief Pamela E. Roskowski announced today.

Verification by the assessment team that the UCSF Police Department continues to meet the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of the voluntary process to maintain law enforcement accreditation—a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. The benefits of accreditation include improvements in: law enforcement agency capabilities to prevent and control crime, agency effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of law enforcement services, cooperation with other law enforcement agencies and employee and community confidence in the goals, objectives, policies and practices of the accredited agency, Chief Roskowski said.

As part of the on-site assessment, UCSF employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at the public information session scheduled for Tuesday, April 15, from 3-5 pm. The session will be conducted at the UCSF Police Department, 654 Minnesota St., 3rd Floor, Tivoli room, San Francisco.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session, but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. Members of the community may do so by telephone by calling 415-502- 0904, on Tuesday, April 1 between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes per person and must address the UCSF Police Department’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. A copy of the standards is available at the UCSF Police Department, 654 Minnesota St., San Francisco. The department contact is Acting Captain Jim Brock 415-683-8354.

Persons wishing to submit written comments about the UCSF Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA) 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030-2215 or email calea@ calea.org. The UCSF Police Department has to comply with 353 standards in order to be ac- credited, Chief Roskowski said.

The UCSF Police CALEA Accreditation Manager is Acting Captain Jim Brock. He said the assessment team is composed of public safety practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed.

The assessors are: Chief Linda J. Stump, CALEA Assessment Team Leader, Assistant Vice President of Public Environmental Safety, Gainesville, Fla., and Captain John K. Jacobs, CALEA Assessment Team Member, University of Richmond Police, University of Richmond (Va.).

Once the CALEA assessors complete their review of the UCSF Police Department, they report to the full Commission, which will then decide if the UCSF Police Department is to be granted reaccredited status, Chief Roskowski stated. Accreditation is for three years, during which the UCSF Police Department must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was accredited.

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