Enfield Police Department undergoes accreditation process

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Enfield - posted Wed., Apr. 17, 2013
Every three years, the Enfield Police Department subjects itself to a rigorous accreditation evaluation process. Photo courtesy of Enfield Police Department. - Contributed Photo

Every three years, the Enfield Police Department subjects itself to a rigorous evaluation process under the auspices of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Enfield is one of only 14 (as of 2011) departments in the entire state of Connecticut to undergo this process.

CALEA provides the Enfield Police Department with input on its service model, the quality of its communication with the community and its utilization of resources, amongst other things.

On April 8, members of the public was invited to attend a public information session during which they were given the opportunity to comment on the department to the CALEA commissioners.

Mayor Scott Kaupin attended the event and felt the department received a lot of support from the community. “I had the opportunity to be present at a couple of the events during the review team's visit to Enfield [including] the public hearing held at Town Hall when residents, business owners and others had the opportunity to express their feelings regarding the department. All comments presented that evening were positive and in support of the department and the accreditation process,” said Kaupin.

During the accreditation process, a department is asked to review itself as well as submit to a five-day on-site evaluation by the CALEA commission. Afterwards, the commission presents its findings.

“They review all of our policies and standards,” said Chief Carl Sferrazza. The department has been certified by CALEA since 1996.

On April 10, the department met with the CALEA commissioners to review their findings.

“I think the exit interview went very well,” said Sferrazza. He especially was pleased with the 25 supporters who came out to the public hearing in support of the department. “They were impressed with the amount of community support that we had,” Sferrazza said of the commissioners’ evaluation. “They thought that the diversity of the people that came was ‘over the top,’ in their words,” he said.

“I thank the Enfield Police Department for undergoing the intensive review that they subject themselves to as they seek re-accreditation,” added Kaupin. “In the end, our police department becomes a better agency - one that the residents and business owners in Enfield should be very proud of.”

“The goal should always be to become better – to become better at what you do,” said Sferrazza. “If you don’t open yourself up to outside audits, you’re never really going to know if you’re working as good as you can.”

The department will find out in about two months if it has been officially recommended to retain its CALEA certification.

Other CALEA-accredited departments in the state include Simsbury, Manchester and Glastonbury.

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