Accreditation Assessment Team invites comment for Public Safety
A team of assessors from the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (MLEAC) plans to visit the Farmington Public Safety Department on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 for a two-day on-site assessment. According to Public Safety Director Ted Warthman, the assessors will examine all aspects of the Department’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services.
“They will verify that the Farmington Public Safety Department meets the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission’s best practice standards. This is part of a voluntary process to achieve accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence”, Director Warthman said.
As part of this 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 248-915-0046 on Thursday, June 17, 2021 between the hours of 9-11 a.m. Telephone comments are limited to five minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the Commission’s standards.
Anyone wishing to offer written comments regarding the Farmington Public Safety Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation is requested to email the Accreditation Program manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or write the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 3474 Alaiedon Pkwy, Suite 600, Okemos, MI 48864.
The Farmington Public Safety Department must comply with 105 standards in order to achieve accredited status. Director Warthman indicated, “Accreditation results in greater accountability within the agency, reduced risk and liability exposure, stronger defense against civil lawsuits, increased community advocacy, and more confidence in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and respond to community needs.” A copy of the standards are available for review at https://www.farmgov.com/City-Services/Public-Safety/MLEAC-Assessment/MLEAC-Standards_3-3.aspx or at the Farmington Public Safety Department’s front desk located at 23600 Liberty Street, Farmington Michigan 48335.
The Accreditation Program Manager for the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police (MACP) is Ret. Chief Neal Rossow. “The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar Michigan law enforcement agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview agency members, and visit offices and other places where compliance with the standards can be observed. Once the assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report to the full Commission, which 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 Farmington Public Safety Department was assessed and awarded accredition recogition in 2018.
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, MI 48864 or email at email@example.com.
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