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Accreditation team invites public comment in assessment of SF State Police Department


SAN FRANCISCO, May 13, 2009 -- A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Inc. will visit San Francisco State University from Saturday, June 6, to Tuesday, June 9, 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 1 p.m. Monday, June 8. The session will be held at SF State in Facilities Training Room 101, located in the Corporation Yard A Building, located on North State Drive (at Lake Merced Boulevard, just south of Winston Drive).

Comments to the assessment team may also be made between 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday, June 7, by calling (415) 405-3807.

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 100 Fairfax, Va., 22030-2215.

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 Martha Villanueva, who is serving as accreditation manager of the SF State University Police. For details, call (415) 338-3950.

The University Police Department must comply with 463 standards to maintain accredited status. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals and visit offices 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 reaccredited. Accreditation is for three years, during which the department must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was accredited.

Assessors are: Thomas E. Engells, team leader and Assistant Chief, at the University of Texas Police Department at Houston and team member and Sergeant Curtis Winn, of the Prairie Village Police Department at Kansas. For further information regarding CALEA, write to The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, Va., 22030-2215; call (800) 368-3757; or e-mail calea@calea.org



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