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Public Safety accreditation team invites public comment

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA), will arrive Aug. 3 to examine all aspects of MUSC Department of Public Safety’s policy and procedures, management, operations and support services.

Verification by the team means that Public Safety meets the commission’s standards as part of a voluntary process to maintain its current accredited status — a highly-prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, according to Anthony Dunbar, director of MUSC Public Safety.

Public Safety must meet 482 standards to gain Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation status. Accreditation is for three years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

As a part of the onsite assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session at 5 p.m. on Aug. 4, room 803, 19 Hagood Avenue. Comments also will be taken by the assessment team via telephone from 1 to 3 p.m., Aug. 4. The public may call 792-3014 to participate.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session 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 MUSC Department of Public Safety, 101 Doughty St., Charleston S.C., 29425 or contact Debbie Underwood, CALEA program manager, at 792-1986.

Written comments may be sent to Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030-2215, 1-800-368-3757 or via email at

August 1, 2014



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