Public input sought in OSBI assessment

Friday, July 11th 2008, 11:39 am
By: News 9

A team of law enforcement officers from across the country will inspect the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation next month.

The team from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. will arrive Aug. 2 to examine the bureau's policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Director A. DeWade Langley said.

Verification by the team that the OSBI meets the commission's standards is part of a voluntary process to maintain accreditation. 

The bureau was first accredited in 2002 and again in 2005, according to the commission's online database.

Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports about its compliance commission standards.

"CALEA accreditation is a highly-prized recognition of law enforcement excellence," Langley said.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments to the assessment team by telephone. The public may call 1-866-805-6401 between 1 and 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4. Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA's standards.

A copy of the standards is available at OSBI Headquarters, 6600 N. Harvey. Copies of the standards also are available at the OSBI's regional offices.

Written comments should be sent to:
Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.
10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100
Fairfax, Virginia, 22030-2215.