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Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Invites Public Comment on Port Police for Assessment

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Public invited to comment by phone or virtual call-in sessions
July 16, 2021

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) is conducting a site-based assessment of the Port of Seattle Police Department (POSPD) with public hearings to offer comments on Monday, July 26. The POSPD is working to maintain its CALEA accreditation which was initially achieved in 2011. 

National accreditation from CALEA is the recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, attained by only five percent of police agencies nationwide. In Washington State, POSPD is one of only eight law enforcement agencies nationally accredited.

CALEA’s on-site assessment is intended to evaluate the POSPD’s policy and procedures, leadership, operations, and support services to ensure they meet the standards of contemporary law enforcement. The verification by the assessment team will determine if the department meets the Commission's state-of-the-art standards as part of a voluntary process to gain national accreditation.

As part of the on-site assessment, employees and community members are invited to participate in one or both of the public comment sessions facilitated by the assessment team:

  • Call-In Session: Monday, July 26, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. — employees and the public can offer comments by calling (206) 787-6418.
  • Virtual Session: Monday, July 26, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. — employees and the public can offer comments by accessing the virtual link via Microsoft Teams

Telephone comments and virtual appearances are limited to 5 minutes each and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. The local contact person is Sergeant Molly Kerns (206) 787-6418 in the POSPD’s Office of Professional Standards.

Written comments about the Port of Seattle Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation can be submitted to the assessment team at the address below.

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc.
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 Airport to the Seattle waterfront including Terminal 5, Harbor Island, Pier 66 & 69, Terminal 90-91, Fisherman’s Terminal, and Shilshole Bay Marina. 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.

Contact

Perry Cooper | SEA Airport
(206) 787-4923 | cooper.p@portseattle.org

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