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Police looking for community input

October 21st, 2014 by WCBC Radio

Cumberland Police Chief Charles Hinnant announced today that a team of Assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) will be in Cumberland the week of November 10, 2014 to examine all aspects of the Cumberland Police Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.  Verification by the team that the Cumberland Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation; a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. 

The assessment team is comprised of law enforcement practitioners from similar out-of-state agencies.  The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.  The assessors are:  Chief James Carmody, Team Leader, from the Wyoming, Michigan, Police Department, and Ray Scharf, formerly with the Ohio State Patrol and the Dublin, Ohio, Police Department. 

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at 5:30 p.m. in the Cumberland City Hall Council Room, 57 N. Liberty Street, Cumberland, MD, 21502.   If for some reason an individual is not available to speak at the public information session but would like to provide comments to the assessment team, they may do so by telephoning 301-759-6532 between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

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