Outside assessors are examining the Prince William County Police Department this month, as the agency and its Criminal Justice Training Academy seek re-accreditation.
County police will host a team of assessors from the Gainesville-based Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies at the county’s training academy in Nokesville from Sunday through Wednesday, according to a news release. The department as a whole will be assessed Aug. 12 to 15 for re-accreditation, which takes place every three years.
Prince William’s police department as a whole has been accredited since 1987 and is something that retiring Police Chief Charlie T. Deane has stressed.
“You don’t know what’s being done or not being done unless you measure it,” said Craig Hartley, the deputy director of CALEA, a national accreditation agency.
First Sgt. Drew Hunter, the police department’s accreditation manager, said the department is generally ahead of the curve when it comes to accreditation — a way of ensuring that the agency’s standards and procedures are in line and up to date with national procedures.