A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies will arrive today to examine all aspects of the East Carolina University Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations and support services, Chief Jon R. Barnwell announced.

Verification that the ECU Police Department meets the commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, Barnwell said.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session at 3 p.m. Wednesday. The session will be in ECU’s Main Campus Student Center Room 318, 501 E. 10th St.

Comments to the assessment team also may be made by telephone at 252-737-4737 between the hours of 9-11 a.m. on Wednesday.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards.

A copy of the standards is available at the ECU Police Department, 609 E.10th St., Greenville. Interested parties may contact Tim Johnson, ECU Police accreditation manager, at 252-328-2462.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the department’s ability to meet the standards are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

The assessment team is composed of law enforcement 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 Assistant Chief of Police William Buckbee, Kent State University Police Department, Chagrin Falls, Ohio and Denise Mantey, Virginia Tech Police Department, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Once the commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status. Accreditation is part of a four-year process during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., write the commission at 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155, or call 703-352-4225.

Contact Bobby Burns at baburns@reflector.com and 329.9572.