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If you have something to say about Pascagoula police, now is the time

Pascagoula’s Police Department is seeking public input on Tuesday, working toward a special accreditation.
Pascagoula’s Police Department is seeking public input on Tuesday, working toward a special accreditation.

The Pascagoula Police Department is working to be recognized by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

It is seeking accreditation.

On Monday, there will be evaluators in town, and on Tuesday, they want to hear from the public.

Now is the time to voice your thoughts about Pascagoula police.

▪  At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, in the city court room, located in the Police Department, 611 Live Oak Ave., officers and people in the community are invited to comment on the department to the assessment team.

▪  Those who can’t attend may make comments by calling 228-372-6912, from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday. It is an unrecorded line and comments will be taken by assessment team members.

▪  Or email comments to calea@cityofpascagoula.com.

Telephone comments, as well as comments at the public meeting, are limited to 10 minutes and must directly address the city Police Department’s ability to comply with CALEA standards.

Law enforcement agencies seeking to be accredited by CALEA are required to comply with 189 professional standards to get the CALEA status.

The assessment at Pascagoula’s department is to see if it complies with these standards.

It involves considering staffing and training. The evaluators are looking for things Pascagoula police might need to work on, to see if they follow accepted practices.

Achieving accreditation helps protect a department from lawsuits by demonstrating that it uses internationally recognized standards. They will make reports to show these standards are being kept.

It’s not an inexpensive process. Among other cities, Biloxi and Gulfport have the accreditation.

The on-site team is from law enforcement agencies outside the state. In this case, Florida and Arkansas.

They will interview people and examine files.

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