BRPD seeks accreditation

The Baton Rouge Police Department is working toward renewing its accredited status from a national agency and wants comments from the public.

The Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies will perform an on-site assessment of the department’s performance and accomplishments over the past three years.

CALEA is seeking public comments, but there was a telephone malfunction Monday. Th e two-hour window in which residents could call in to the assessment team will be extended to 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The public can call either (225) 389-3836 or (225) 389-5641.

The originally scheduled time was from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday.

“Although this problem was beyond our control, we are again very sorry for any inconvenience or confusion it may have caused,” police spokesman Lt. Don Kelly said.

Callers will be limited to 10 minutes and must address the department’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards, a copy of which is available at police headquarters at 704 Mayflower St.

The department must comply with more than 400 standards and pass an on-site inspection.

Only a small percentage of law enforcement agencies become accredited as the process is voluntary.

People also can submit written comments. Those can be sent to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.

The department was first accredited in 1996, received re-accreditation five times since them and was honored as a flagship agency in 2010.