By The Book

Over the past 30 days a team from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, (CALEA) has been looking at all aspects of the Salina Police Department’s policies and practices as part of its re-accreditation process.

It is an audit process that has been in place since 1996 according to Salina’s Chief of Police Brad Nelson.

“CALEA is something theĀ  citizens should be very very proud of, that we are CALEA accredited,” Chief Nelson said.

“It is impressive that we are one of six agencies in Kansas that are CALEA accredited.”

Salina Police Captain Paul Forrester tells KSAL News that CALEA has a set 160 standards for departments to be judged by, “They don’t actually give us a letter grade,” he said.

“They give us a report at the end of our accreditation. It basically tells us the good and bad and suggestions we can improve on and things that we are doing very well.”

As a part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public meeting on Monday, March 21, 2016, at 7 p.m. The session will be conducted at the Chamber of Commerce, Visit Salina Annex, room A, located at 120 W. Ash, Salina, Kansas.