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Public hearing to be held for TPD reaccreditation

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Tucson community is invited to a public hearing this weekend as part of an assessment of the Tucson Police Department.

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. will examine TPD's policies, procedures, management, and listen to public comment as part of an examination for TPD's voluntary process to gain reaccreditation, a well-regarded recognition of public safety professional excellence.

Agency personnel and the public can offer comments at the public hearing on August 5, starting at 5 p.m. at Tucson Police Department Headquarters at 270 S. Stone Avenue.

The accreditation period covers a three-year time frame.

TPD was first accredited by CALEA in 2001, and has been reaccredited in 2004, 2007 and 2010. The department has had to submit annual reports to prove its consistent compliance with those standards.

The public can view copies of the standards, available at TPD Headquarters from July 29 to August 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Comments at the hearing or by telephone are limited to five minutes, according to Sgt. Maria Hawke with the Tucson Police Department. To reach an assessor by phone, call (520) 837-7905 on August 5 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Those who want to submit written comments about the department's ability to meet the standards may do so to the following address:

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA)

Attn: Program Manager Stephen Mitchell

13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320

Gainesville, VA 20155

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