Community invited to attend public information session during CALEA reaccreditation

Press release:

Community Invited to Attend Public Information Session During CALEA Reaccreditation

Asheville, NC (July 31, 2017): The Asheville Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) accreditation process. A team of assessors from CALEA will arrive Monday, August 7 to examine all aspects of the Asheville Police Department’s policy, procedures, management, operations and support services.

Administered by CALEA, the voluntary accreditation program requires law enforcement agencies to comply with national best practices and professional standards.

As part of the on-site assessment, department employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday, August 8 starting at 5:30 p.m. The session will take place in the 4th floor conference room of the Municipal Building (100 Court Plaza).

If a member of the public is unable to attend the public information session, but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, they are encouraged to call 828-259-5548 on Tuesday, August 8 between the hours of 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.

Telephone comments, as well as public comment at the public information session, will be limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. Information on the accreditation process can be located on the Asheville Police Department’s website at or

Community members wishing to offer written comments about the Asheville Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation can send correspondence to:
Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA)
13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320
Gainesville, Virginia 20155

About Dan Hesse
I grew up outside of Atlanta and moved to WNC in 2001 to attend Montreat College. After college, I worked at NewsRadio 570 WWNC as an anchor/reporter and covered Asheville City Council and the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners starting in 2004. During that time I also completed WCU's Master of Public Administration program. You can reach me at

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