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SAN FRANCISCO, June 2, 2006 -- A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Inc. will visit San Francisco State University from Sunday, June 11, to Wednesday, June 14, to examine all aspects of the University Police's policies and procedures, management, operations and support services.

The assessment team's verification that the University Police Department meets the commission's standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation. As part of the on-site assessment, University employees and other members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session starting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 13. The session will be held at SF State in Rosa Parks Rooms A-C, in the Cesar Chavez Student Center, 1650 Holloway Ave., San Francisco.

Comments to the assessment team may also be made between 2 and 5 p.m. Monday, June 12, by calling (415) 338-1046.

Written comments about the SF State Police Department's ability to meet the standards for accreditation may be mailed to CALEA, 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 320 Fairfax, Va., 22030-2201.

Telephone and in-person comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the ability of the University Police to comply with CALEA's standards. A copy of the standards is available for review at the SF State Police Department, located on North State Drive (at Lake Merced Boulevard, just south of Winston Drive). Local contact is Capt. Amalia (Molly) Borja, who is serving as accreditation manager of the SF State University Police. For details, call (415) 338-6035.

The University Police Department must comply with 446 standards to gain accredited status. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit officers and other places where compliance can be witnessed.

Once the commission's assessors complete their review on the SF State campus, they report back to the full commission, which will then decide if the SF State Police Department is to be granted accredited status. Accreditation is for three years, during which the University must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

Assessors are: Jerry D. Stewart, team leader and director of public safety at Iowa State University; Denise L. Linkenhoker, team member and administrative procedures specialist of the Virginia Tech Police Department; and Kathleen Paleski, team member, accreditation manager and commander of the Northern Arizona University Police Department.

For further information regarding CALEA, write to the commission at 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 320, Fairfax, Va., 22030-2201; call (800) 368-3757; or e-mail


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