The Vermillion Police Department received its second recognition award from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) at the commission�s recent conference in Bethesda, MD. Vermillion is one of two South Dakota agencies that meet the CALEA standards. The Rapid City Police Department is a CALEA-accredited agency.
The CALEA Recognition Program is designed to meet the needs of smaller law enforcement agencies. To qualify, an agency must meet 112 standards from the Standards for Law Enforcement agencies accreditation manual. The standards address life, health and safety issues, critical legal issues and conditions that reduce risk and high liability exposure. Recognition provides objective evidence of an agency�s commitment to improve resource management and service delivery.
In December 2010, a CALEA assessor spent four days with the Vermillion Police Department inspecting policies and procedures, interviewing staff and generally reviewing the operations of the department to ensure compliance will all the standards. A comprehensive written report was filed with CALEA. Last week Interim Chief of Police Chad Passick, City Manager John Prescott and Vermillion Police Department CALEA Program Manager Betty Mozak attended a hearing before CALEA commissioners who voted unanimously to present the Vermillion Police Department with CALEA�s recognition award.