Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment on Police Division

A team of assessors from the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (MLEAC) will arrive on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, to examine all aspects of the Portage Department of Public Safety – Police Division policies and procedures, management, operations and support services, Director Nicholas Armold announced today.

“Verification by the team that the Portage Department of Public Safety – Police Division meets the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission’s ‘best practice’ standards is part of a voluntary process to achieve accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” Armold said.

As part of this final on-site assessment, employees and members of the general public are invited to provide comments to the Assessment Team. Comments may be made by telephone or email. The public may call (269) 329-4580 on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Email comments can be sent to mcdonnej@portagemi.gov.   

Telephone comments are limited to five minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the Commission’s standards. A copy of the standards are available for inspection at the Portage Department of Public Safety, located at 7810 Shaver Road, Portage, Michigan  49024.  

Those wishing to offer written comments about the ability of the Portage Department of Public Safety – Police Division to comply with the standards for accreditation are requested to email the Accreditation Program Manager for the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police (MACP), Ret. Chief Neal Rossow, at nrossow@michiganpolicechiefs.org or write the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 3474 Alaiedon Pkwy, Suite 600, Okemos, MI  48864.

The Portage Department of Public Safety – Police Division must comply with 105 standards in order to achieve accredited status. Director Armold said, “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.”  

“The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar Michigan law enforcement agencies,” Neal Rossow stated. “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 the review of the agency, they will report to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status.”  

Accreditation is valid for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting to their continued compliance with the standards under which it was initially accredited. 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 nrossow@michiganpolicechiefs.org