City of Lincoln
2008 Media Releases
Assessment team invites public comment
The Lincoln Emergency Communications/911Center is seeking re-accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). A team of assessors will arrive in Lincoln April 26 to examine all aspects of the Center’s policies, procedures, management and operations. As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments during a public information call-in from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, April 28.
“In 2002, we became the 14th Center in the country to meet CALEA’s high standards,” said Communications Manager Julie Righter. “This process is important recognition of excellence in public safety communications. Accreditation rewards the dedication and hard work of the 911 professionals, who work tirelessly 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help those in emergency situations.”
During Monday’s call-in, phone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. Those wishing to participate should call (402) 441-7654 to speak with an assessor. A copy of the standards is available at the Lincoln Emergency Communications Center, 575 South 10th Street. Linda Thurber and Linda Flaherty are the local Accreditation Managers and can be reached at 441-6000.
Accreditation is for three years, and the agency must submit annual reports that show continued standard compliance. Righter said the Center has had to comply with more than 200 rigorous standards in order to maintain its accredited status.
“The assessment team is composed of communications and law enforcement practitioners from similar but out-of-state agencies,” said Stephen Mitchell, the Accreditation Program Manager for the Lincoln Emergency Communications Center. He said assessors will review written materials, interview individuals and visit offices. After their review, the assessors report to the full Commission, which then decides if the agency will maintain accredited status.
Those wishing to offer written comments are asked to write to CALEA, 10306 Eaton Place, Suite 320, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030-2201. CALEA also may be reached at (800) 368-3757 or (703) 352-4225.