The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) has appointed Julie Righter, Communications Coordinator for the Lincoln Emergency Communications/911 Center, to the position of CALEA Commissioner. Righter's three-year term begins January 1, 2012.
"I'm personally honored and humbled to be named a CALEA Commissioner," said Righter. "Even more so, I look at it as confirmation of the great service my staff provides on a daily basis to the citizens of Lincoln and Lancaster County. This appointment is high praise for all who are involved in our local emergency communications and response network."
CALEA was established as an independent accrediting authority in 1979. The Commission develops standards and administers an accreditation process through which law enforcement and public safety communications agencies voluntarily demonstrate they meet professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery. CALEA requires re-accreditation every three years.
Lincoln is one of only four cities in the U.S. to have all three emergency service providers nationally accredited:
The Lincoln Emergency Communications/911 Center is staffed by a team of 41 highly-trained communications professionals. Emergency Service Dispatchers are trained to handle a variety of law enforcement, fire and medical emergencies. The dispatchers are responsible for receiving, prioritizing and sending appropriate assistance to residents of the City, County and surrounding area.
CALEA's goals are to strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities, formalize essential management procedures, establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices, improve service delivery, solidify interagency cooperation and coordination, and increase community and staff confidence in the agency.