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Clayton Police Want Your Input July 17


Clayton Police Community Information Session July 17

The Clayton Police Department is seeking re-accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). An assessment team will arrive on Monday, July 15, 2019 to examine all aspects of the Clayton Police Department’s operations,management, and policies and procedures.

As part of the on-site assessment, members of the community and Town employees are invited to offer comments at a public information session:

July 17, 2019
5:00 p.m.
Clayton Police Department
315 E. Second Street
Downtown Clayton, NC 27520

If you're unable to attend the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, this may be done by telephone by calling 919-359-8711 between 1 and 3 p.m. on Wednesday July 17, 2019 between 1 and 3 p.m. You'll speak with an assessment team member.

In-person comments at the public information session and telephone comments may be limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the CALEA standards. Copies of the standards are available from the Clayton Police Department by contacting Detective Ron Freeman at rfreeman@TownofclaytonNC.org or 919-359-8716.

If you'd like to offer written comments about the Clayton Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation or would like additional information regarding CALEA, please contact the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.

In 2009, the Clayton Police Department became the first law enforcement agency in Johnston County and one of only 5 departments of its size in the state to earn the highly-prized recognition for professional excellence from CALEA, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. We went on to earn this prestigious honor in 2012 and in 2015 achieved the Gold Standard, the most difficult and most painstaking of the accreditation processes an agency can seek. North Carolina has roughly 70 accredited law enforcement agencies, with only a quarter of those meeting the Gold Standard.

Thank you to those citizens who came to the CALEA assessment meeting and for sharing your feedback.

Beginning July 19, 2015, a team from this independent, international accrediting authority assessed hundreds of our files, interviewed officers and citizens, and conducted a nearly 3-day on-site inspection. Accreditation is a great way to demonstrate that the Clayton Police Department meets a professional standard - 482 applicable standards of professionalism to be exact!

The CALEA certification is also a cost-savings measure. The Town’s insurance provider imparts up to a 20% insurance premium credit on law enforcement liability coverage for maintaining CALEA accreditation.

"CALEA accreditation gives our department a focus and direction with standards that are clearly defined and measurable, " said Chief Blair Myhand "It is an invaluable and comprehensive tool that allows us to be more efficient and effective in providing our community with the best available law enforcement services. We believe that our citizens deserve nothing less than the best that we can offer. ”

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