Fresno Police Department Receives National Accreditation

FRESNO , CA ( August 5, 2005) – On Saturday, July 30 th, City Manager Andrew T. Souza, Police Chief Jerry Dyer, Deputy Chief Roger Enmark and Lt. Mike Reid, appeared before a panel of Commissioners representing the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in Boston. The formal hearing allowed Chief Dyer to address any concerns from the Commissioners regarding the “On-Site Assessment Report.” The hearing was the final phase in the three-year process.

Mayor Autry commended Chief Dyer and his officers saying, “This accreditation was very a difficult task to attain. We can all be proud of our Police Department for achieving it.”

Overall, the Commissioners were very complimentary of our Department’s efforts towards accreditation and the fact we complied with 100% of the 388 standards applicable to our agency, which required assessors to review more than 12,000 pages of documents. At the end of the hearing, the four Commissioners voted to recommend to the entire Commission that our Department receive accreditation status. The recommendation was formally approved during the evening awards ceremony where all Commissioners were present.

Chief Dyer said, “I am proud to say that our agency is now within a very elite group of law enforcement agencies across the United States to have received accreditation status, as fewer than 4% of Law Enforcement agencies have completed this process. We also have the distinct honor of being the largest municipal law enforcement agency in the State of California to receive accreditation status. I am hopeful that CALEA accreditation will spread throughout California in the years to come, resulting in increased professionalism in the Law enforcement community.”

In recognition of the Department’s accomplishment, an awards ceremony will be held in the City Hall’s Council Chambers during the later part of August. One of the Commissioners will be on hand to officially present the CALEA accreditation award to the Department.

Contact: Sgt. Anothony Martinez, P.I.O. (559) 621-2110

Andrew T. Souza , City Manager
Contact: Ken Shockley, Public Affairs Officer: (559) 621-7777

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