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Henrico Police to undergo voluntary accreditation process, public invited to comment

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. will assess and certify the department beginning November 7th.

Trevor Dickerson



A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive on November 7th to examine all aspects of the Henrico County Police Division policy and procedures, management operations, and support services, and the public is invited to comment during the assessment period.

Verification by the team that the Henrico County Police Division meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation and is viewed as a recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday, November 8th at 5:30 PM. The session will be conducted in the Henrico County Training Center, Room #2029, located at 7701 East Parham Road in the West End.

Members of the public can also comment by phone at 804.501.5306 on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, between 10:00 AM and noon.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to five minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards, which can be viewed here.


The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed. Once the assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted re-accredited status.

The accreditation period is four years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.