Evansville to host forum on police department accreditation
EVANSVILLE—The city of Evansville is giving residents a chance to sound off on the Evansville Police Department's accreditation process at a public hearing in front of a state accreditation taskforce Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Chief Scott McElroy announced a team of assessors from the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group will be in Evansville on Tuesday, Nov. 19, to examine aspects of the department's policy and procedures, management, operation and support service.
The accreditation is voluntary but is considered a “highly prized” distinction that runs for three years and is based on a department's policies and practices meeting over 200 strict requirements by the state accreditation group, McElroy said. The group is led by local police department officials throughout the state.
As part of the assessment, the city and the team are holding a public information session for police department workers and residents to offer comments. The forum will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Evansville City Hall chambers, 31 S. Madison St.
People also can offer comments to the assessment team by phone at 608-882-2299 from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 20. Comments at the forum and by phone are limited to 10 minutes and must address the police department's ability to comply with WILEAG standards, which are available at the Evansville Police Department.
Written comments should be submitted to the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group, 8133 W. Raymond Lane, West Allis, WI 53219.