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Posted on: July 12, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Coldwater Public Safety Invites Public Comment for Accreditation Assessment Team

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Coldwater, Ml - A team of assessors from the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (MLEAC) will arrive on August 3, 2022, to examine all aspects of the Coldwater Police Department's policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Director Joe Scheid announced today.

"Verification by the team that the Coldwater Police Department meets the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission'"best practicestandards is part of voluntary process to achieve accreditationhighly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence", Scheid said.

As part of this final On-Site Assessment, employees and members of the general public are invited to provide comments to the Assessment Team. They may do so by telephone or email. The public may call 517-278-3855 on Thursday, August 4th between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon. Email comments can be sent to ttaylor@coldwater.org. Telephone comments are limited to five (5) minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with the Commission's standards. A copy of the standards are available for inspection at the Coldwater Police Department at 57 Division Street, Coldwater, Ml. Please contact Tina Taylor, Administrative Assistant, at 517-278-4525.

Anyone wishing to offer written comments about the Coldwater Police Department's ability to comply with the standards for accreditation is requested to email the Accreditation Program Manager at nrossow@michiganpolicechiefs.org or write the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 3474 Alaiedon Pkwy, Suite 600, Okemos, Ml 48864.

 The Coldwater Police Department must comply with 108 standards in order to achieve accredited status. Scheid indicated, "Accreditation results in greater accountability within the agencyreduced risk and liability exposurestronger defense against civil lawsuitsincreased community advocacyand more confidence in the agency's ability to operate efficiently and respond to community needs." The Accreditation Program Manager for the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police is Ret. Chief Neal Rossow. "The assessment team is composed of laenforcement practitioners from similar Michigan law enforcement agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview agency membersand visit offices and other places where compliance with the standards can be observed. Once the assessors complete their review of the agencythey will report to the full Commissionwhich will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status"Neal Rossow stated.

Accreditation is valid for a three-year period during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to their continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited. The MACP, through its Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, is the legitimate authority and accreditation agency in the state of Michigan. For more information regarding the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, please write the Commission at: MACP, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 3474 Alaiedon Pkwy, Suite 600, Okemos, Ml 48864 or email at nrossow@michiganpolicechiefs.org.

Questions? Contact Joe Scheid, the Director of Public Safety with the Coldwater Public Safety Department, at (517) 278-4525.


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