Public Safety

Iowa City police seeking to renew accreditation

Public can comment on department next week

People walk by the Iowa City City Hall, which includes the Iowa City Police Department. The department is seeking reaccr
People walk by the Iowa City City Hall, which includes the Iowa City Police Department. The department is seeking reaccreditation, with public comment invited. (The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — The public will have a chance to weigh in on the Iowa City Police Department as part of the agency’s accreditation process.

The department was first accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies in 2002 and has been recertified five times. It is seeking it sixth accreditation.

Only 4 percent of law enforcement agencies nationwide are accredited, according to the police department.

The Cedar Rapids Police Department gained the accreditation in 2019.

As part of the accreditation process, two assessors from the national commission will examine the department’s policies and procedures, management, operations and services.

Public input also will be gathered Monday and Tuesday.

Members of the public can reach an assessor by phone from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday by calling (319) 356-5277. A community Zoom meeting also will be hosted from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, unless there is a 15-minute lapse in comments.

Community members can register for the Zoom meeting at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZVIuu5S5RFCEKk1vLQMfHw. Those without a computer or smartphone can access the meeting by calling (312) 626-6799. The ID number for the meeting is 931 6275 9732.

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Written comments also can be sent to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Va. 22030-2215, or by visiting calea.org.

Comments: (319) 339-3155; lee.hermiston@thegazette.com

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