The management and operations of the Royal Barbados Police Force will come under the microscope next week.
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) is coming here on Sunday to examine all aspects of the local force’s policy and procedures, management, operations and support services.
The accessors will review written materials, interview people and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.
There are 482 standards which law enforcement agencies must meet to obtain accredited status.
Once the commission’s assessors complete their review of the police force, they will report to the full international body, which will decide if the Barbadian law enforcement agency is granted accredited status.
Ordinary Barbadians will be given the opportunity to have their say on the matter by calling 430-7269 on February 17 between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Members of the assessment team will take those phone calls.
“These telephone comments are limited to ten minutes and just address the ability of the force to comply with CALEA’s standards. Local contact for the assessment process is Mr Oral Williams, Assistant Commissioner of Police, the force’s accreditation manager at telephone number 430-7115,” said a statement from the local force today.
“Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the ability of the Royal Barbados Police to comply with the standards for accreditation, may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 201559 (703) 352-4225,” the statement added.
The CALEA assessment team comprises of law enforcement practitioners from criminal justice agencies in the United States.
“The members of the assessment team are Chief of Police Charles Walters of the Gwinnett Police Department and Lieutenant Rae Fergusson (retired) of the Ashville Police Department,” said the local force.