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SBI Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

Release date: 11/1/2011

Raleigh, North Carolina, November 1, 2011 B A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive Monday November 28, 2011 to examine all aspects of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation's policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Director Gregory S. McLeod announced today.
 
Verification by the team that the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation meets the Commission's state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain re-accreditation--a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence she said. The SBI was initially accredited by CALEA on March 25, 1995 and re-accredited in 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2008. This assessment will determine whether the SBI is to be re-accredited for a three year period.
 
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments to the assessment team by telephone. Agency employees and the public may call toll free at 1-888-565-3890 on November 29, 2011 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.
 
Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA standards. A copy of the standards is available at the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation Headquarters located at 3320 Garner Road, Raleigh, North Carolina. The agency contact is Assistant Director Marshall Tucker at 919-662-4500, ext. 6247.
 
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation's ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155.
 
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation has to comply with 369 standards in order to be reaccredited. SBI Management firmly believes that, Athe accreditation process offered through CALEA provides the SBI a means by which it can demonstrate to the citizens of North Carolina the high standards under which it operates. Re-accreditation in 2011 will validate the professionalism that theSBI strives for in providing the best possible law enforcement services for the people of North Carolina.
 
The assessment team is composed of professional law enforcement practitioners from out-of-state agencies who have been selected and trained by CALEA. The assessors will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the SBI which will include review of written materials, interviews with employees, facility tours, and other activities which will aid in proving compliance with the applicable standards.
 
The Accreditation Manager for the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is Assistant Special Agent in Charge Marion T. Vandergrift. The assessors are: Wendell Register, Assistant Inspector General of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Team Leader and Lieutenant Albert Manint, Illinois State Police. Once the Commission=s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status.
 
Accreditation is for three (3) years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.
 
For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155; or call (703) 352-4225.
 
  
 



Contact:
North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation
3320 Garner Road
Raleigh, North Carolina
919-662-4500