Port of Seattle Police Department Seeks Highly Prized National Accreditation
Public Hearing Set for Comments Aug. 29
(Seattle - August 12, 2011) -In an effort to gain a highly-prized national accreditation, an Aug. 29 public hearing on the Port of Seattle Police Department will be held with a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).
National accreditation from CALEA is recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, attained by only two percent of police agencies nationwide. In Washington State, just 16 out of 269 law enforcement agencies are nationally accredited, or less than one percent.
As part of the on-site assessment, Port of Seattle employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday, Aug. 29, 2011 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The session will take place in the Amsterdam room of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Conference Center, located at 17801 Pacific Highway South, SeaTac, WA 98158.
A team of assessors from CALEA will arrive Aug. 28 to examine all aspects of the Port Police Department's policy and procedures, management, operations and support services. The verification by the assessment team will determine if the department meets the Commissions state-of-the-art standards as part of a voluntary process to gain national accreditation.
Port of Seattle employees and the public are also invited to offer telephone comments for the assessment team by calling (206) 787-7565 on Sunday, Aug. 28 between 1 and 3 p.m.
Phone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Port Police Office. The local contact person is Accreditation Manager Sgt. Jim Tuttle, 206-787-4623.
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Port Police Department's ability to meet the standards for accreditation should write to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155.
About Port of Seattle Police Department
The Port of Seattle Police Department consists of more than 100 officers responsible for the security and safety of facilities stretching from Sea-Tac Airport to the Seattle waterfront including Harbor Island, Pier 69, and Interbay. The men and women of the Port of Seattle Police Department are committed to providing professional law enforcement services, protecting the rights of individuals, preventing crime, and building community partnerships. The department has many specially trained teams, including bomb squad, hostage negotiation, bicycle patrol, marine and dive team, explosive and narcotics K-9 units, SWAT team and various task forces.