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Thursday 25 February 2021
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Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

(Chesterfield Township, Macomb County, MI)  A team of assessors from the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission (MLEAC) will arrive on February 23 & 24, 2021 to examine all aspects of the Chesterfield Township Police Department  policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Bradley A. Kersten announced today.

“Verification by the team that the Chesterfield Township Police Department meets the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission’s “best practice” standards is part of a voluntary process to achieve accreditation, a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence”, Chief Bradley A. Kersten said.

As part of this final On-Site Assessment, employees and members of the general public are invited to provide comments to the Assessment Team. They may do so by telephone or email.  The public may call 586-949-4252 or 586-949-4292 on February 24, 2021, between the hours of 10am-12pm to speak directly to assessors. Comments can also be written and sent to assessors at contact@chesterfieldpolice.org or emailed directly to Accreditation Program Manager Neal Rossow at nrossow@michiganpolicechiefs.org or write the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 3474 Alaiedon Pkwy, Suite 600, Okemos, MI 48864.

Telephone comments are limited to five (5) minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the Commission’s standards.  A copy of the standards are available for inspection at the Chesterfield Township Police Department 46525 Continential Drive, Chesterfield Twp., MI 48047.  Please contact Captain Brian McNair at 586-648-5137 for more information.

The Chesterfield Township Police Department must comply with 105 standards in order to achieve accredited status.  Chief Bradley A. Kersten indicated, “Accreditation results in greater accountability within the agency, reduced risk and liability exposure, stronger defense against civil lawsuits, increased community advocacy, and more confidence in the agency’s ability to operate efficiently and respond to community needs.” 

The Accreditation Program Manager for the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police is Ret. Chief Neal Rossow.  “The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar Michigan law enforcement agencies.  The assessors will review written materials, interview agency members, and visit offices and other places where compliance with the standards can be observed.  Once the  assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status”, Neal Rossow stated.

Accreditation is valid for a three-year period during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting to their continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

The MACP, through its Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, is the legitimate authority and accreditation agency in the state of Michigan. For more information regarding the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission, please write the Commission at:   MACP, Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission at 3474 Alaiedon Pkwy, Suite 600, Okemos, MI  48864 or email at nrossow@michiganpolicechiefs.org.

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