In this episode of NNEPAC Radio, John McGregor and Bill Wilmot interview Laura and Jeff Saunders from PowerDMS. Contact information mentioned in the show is listed below. Don’t forget to listen until the very end of the episode for a special discount for NNEPAC Radio listeners from PowerDMS.
In this episode, Greg and John discuss the events of the Colorado Springs CALEA Conference, held July 22-25, 2015. We talk about the possibility of a 6th edition of CALEA Standards, more clarification of the new assessment model, and talk about how our request for clarification from the Standards Review and Interpretation Committee regarding Chapter 3 of the Law Enforcement standards was resolved.
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In this episode, John McGregor discusses CALEA Accreditation Standards related to Accreditation Manager Training. In the Law Enforcement Program, the standard number is 33.5.4. In the Communications Program, the standard number is 5.2.13. In the Campus Security Program, the standard number is 18.5.4. In the Training Academy Program, the standard number is 4.7.5.
2014 NNEPAC Spring Conference
May 7-9, 2014
Training Workshop Descriptions
Accreditation Manager Boot Camp
This session is designed to assist with complying with CALEA® Standard 33.5.4, The Accreditation Manager Training Standard and will focus on the following five topics:
File Construction and Collection of Proofs
This section will provide suggestions on developing files to effectively demonstrate compliance with CALEA® Standards. A review of the purpose of the file construction protocol and examples of appropriate files will be provided.
Time Sensitive Standards
This section will focus on time sensitive standards and compliance with the timeframe allowed within a given standard. There will also be an overview of CALEA® resources such as Appendix E & G
Property & Evidence Management
This session will discuss the differences between the inspections, inventory and audits required by CALEA® standard 84.1.6. There will be an explanation of the different evidence types and an overview of CALEA® resource, Appendix I and how it is used to determine the appropriate sample size.
Preparing for a Mock On-Site Assessment
This section will discuss the duties and responsibilities of the agency, accreditation manager, assessment team, and mock assessors prior to and during the mock assessment.
Preparing for an On-Site Assessment
This section will discuss the duties and responsibilities of the agency, accreditation manager, assessment team, and CALEA® staff prior to and during a traditional assessment.
Active Threat – Implementing CALEA Standard 46.1.10 at Your Agency
As of November 16, 2014, all agencies will be required to comply with a new standard that was previously only required for those agencies that complied with Chapter 91. Attendees will be given sample policies and documentation to bring back to your agency in an effort to comply with this new standard.
Analyses – The CALEA Way
This session will provide an overview of various Reviews, Analyses, Evaluations and an explanation of the difference between the required reports as defined in CALEA® resource Appendix A. Attendees will be given a sample of each type of report that they can bring back to their agency.
Gold Standard Assessment (GSA)
In 2011, CALEA® introduced a new methodology for assessing agencies seeking reaccreditation in any of its programs. Known as the Gold Standard Assessment (GSA), this voluntary assessment format focuses primarily on processes and outcomes associated with standards specific to agency policies. During this class, Regional Program Manager Stephen Mitchell will explain the criteria necessary to participate and give an overview of the procedure of this new assessment model.
Electronic Policy and Standards Management with PowerDMS
Representatives from PowerDMS will provide a course designed for beginning and intermediate users of PowerDMS, as well as those users seeking more information about using PowerDMS for Electronic Standards Management. For advanced/agency specific questions, PowerDMS representatives will be available for individual consultations.
Roundtable Question and Answer
This class will be a facilitated discussion regarding areas of concern regarding the CALEA Accreditation process or programs. Attendees will be provided an opportunity to raise questions anonymously about CALEA Accreditation and select panel members and CALEA Assessors will be available to answer these questions.
The Capture of the Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect #2
Captain Raymond Dupuis of the Watertown, MA Police Department, Bureau of Field Operations will give a presentation of the chronology of events that transpired on April 19, 2013 during the capture of Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. This presentation will include radio transmissions, phone calls, video footage and commentary from officers involved in the incident.
The Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting
Communications Director, Maureen Will of the Newtown, CT Police Department with an account of the tragic events that transpired at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Due to the phenomenal work of the Newtown Communications Staff, the dispatch team was awarded Dispatch Center of the Year for 2013 by the Association of Public Safety Officials.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
10:00 am – 11:15 am Opening Ceremony
Welcoming Comments: CALEA Executive Director Craig Hartley &
CALEA Regional Program Manager Stephen Mitchell
11:30 am – 12:15 pm Lunch
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm Accreditation Manager Boot Camp
Thursday, May 8, 2014
8:30 am – 10:00 am Gold Standard Assessment
8:30 am – 10:00 am Analyses – The CALEA Way
10:00 am- 12:00 pm The Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting
Communications Director, Maureen Will of the Newtown, CT Police Department
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm The Capture of the Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect #2
Captain Raymond Dupuis, Watertown, MA Police Department
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Active Threat – Implementing CALEA Standard 46.1.10
Friday, May 9, 2014
8:30 am – 10:00 am Electronic Policy & Standards Management with PowerDMS
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Roundtable Question & Answer
12:00 pm – conclusion NNEPAC Monthly Business Meeting
In this episode, John talks about the CALEA Forums, and why every Accreditation Manager should be checking them. As usual, the views expressed represent the speaker alone, and do not necessarily represent the views of NNEPAC or CALEA. Always consult with your Program Manager before attempting anything you hear on this episode.
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The CALEA Forums
The CALEA forums can be accessed at the website www.calea.org. Every CALEA Practitioner should have a log in for this website. After logging in, the tab on the top right is labeled “Forums”. The tab gives the user three or four options:
Public: A forum available to the public. There is not much content here.
CALEA Forum II and why is it called that. Basically the CALEA Forum was named the CALEA Forum II when the website was upgraded the first time to version 2 (II). The name stuck and has remained the same through versions 3 and 4. Most of the valuable content is located in this area.
Assessor Forum: Only visible to users who are CALEA Assessors. If you are not an assessor, you are not missing much, as very little is posted there.
Forum Help: As the name suggests, information on how to use the forum and adjust the settings on your account to include the inclusion of a photo or signature.
CALEA Forum II
General Discussion sub-forum is a great place to ask questions and receive answers, as it seems to have the most traffic. There are also other sub-forums dedicated to each type of accreditation program, i.e., Law Enforcement, Communications, and Training Academy.
The SRIC sub-forum is a place that every accreditation manager should review after every conference. Proposed standards and revisions to existing standards are usually posted here for public comment by the Standards Review and Interpretation Committee. Although there may not be a large volume of feedback left on this forum, it is apparent that the SRIC does pay attention to the feedback that is left, as evidenced by recent proposed standards.
In this episode, John McGregor is joined by the Chair Person of the Northern New England Police Accreditation Coalition (NNEPAC), Mr. Gregory Murphy of the Manchester NH PD. John and Greg talk about attending a Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Conference. John and Greg discuss the topic from the perspective of someone attending a Police Accreditation Training Conference for the first time, as well as including some tips for repeat attendees.
As usual, the views expressed represent the speakers alone, and do not necessarily represent the views of NNEPAC or CALEA. Always consult with your Program Manager or a Travel Professional before attempting anything you hear on this episode.
Attending a CALEA Conference
Getting there and back
Book host hotel early, (Greg Murphy Exclusive Tip)
Short layovers, (dangers thereof)
Rental car, (Usually not necessary, maybe if off-site)
Watch the shuttle driver (Or she will give your bags to someone else)
What to Bring
Note taking material
Business Cards for networking
What classes to take
(Highlighted classes in program non-binding regarding Accreditation Manager training)
What to attend besides classes and why?
PAC Presidents Meeting