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April 12, 2005
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Julie Righter, Communications Manager, 441-7252

911 Center Seeks Re-Accreditation
Assessment team invites public comment

The Lincoln Emergency Communications/911Center is seeking re-accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). Communications Manager Julie J. Righter said a team of assessors will arrive in Lincoln April 23 to examine all aspects of the Center’s policies, procedures, management and operations.

“In 2002, we became the fourteenth Center in the country to meet CALEA’s state of the art standards,” said Righter. “Although this is a voluntary process, we feel it is a very important recognition of public safety communications excellence. Accreditation provides official recognition of the dedication and hard work of the professionals at our Center who work tirelessly 24 hours a day, seven days a week to assist our community in emergency situations.”

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments during a public information call-in from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 24. Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. Those wishing to participate should call (402) 326-0807 during that time to speak with an assessor. A copy of the standards is available at the Lincoln Emergency Communication Center, 575 South 10th Street. Local contacts, Linda Thurber and Linda Flaherty, Co-Accreditation Managers, can be reached at 441-6000.

Accreditation is for three years, and the agency must submit annual reports. Righter said the Center has had to comply with more than 200 rigorous standards in order to maintain its accredited status.

“The assessment team is composed of communications and law enforcement practitioners from similar but out-of-state agencies,” said Stephen Mitchell, the Accreditation Program Manager for the Lincoln Emergency Communications Center. He said the assessors will review written materials, interview individuals and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed. After their review, the assessors report to the full Commission, which then decides if the agency will maintain accredited status.

Those wishing to offer written comments about the Center’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are asked to write to CALEA, 10306 Eaton Place, Suite 320, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030-2201. CALEA also may be reached at (800) 368-3757 or (703) 352-4225.

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