CALEA Update Magazine | Issue 100
Raleigh Conference Review
Raleigh, North Carolina, was the site of the Spring 2009 CALEA Conference. Best known for world-class museums, historic sites, sporting events, and shopping Mecca, Raleigh truly offers a variety of entertainment to its visitors. Our conference hosts were eager to show us what Raleigh had to offer. They provided a magnificent variety of activities for attendees and their families that were both enlightening and entertaining. Special thanks to Raleigh Chief of Police Harry Patrick Dolan and North Carolina Law Enforcement Accreditation Network (NCLEAN) President Robert D. Bowen (Sergeant, Albemarle Police Department) and their committee, chaired by Marianne Sweden (Raleigh Police Department) for all of their hard work in hosting the conference. From the first day to the last, they did an exceptional job putting together a terrific conference with registration amenities, hospitality suites, and a Thursday Host Event at the Raleigh Convention Center. The event included food, live music and multi-agency static displays; a fascinating, informative and fun evening for all.
On Wednesday, March 18, 2009, the Opening Ceremony began with comments from Commission Chair Louis M. Dekmar. The Color Guard from the Raleigh Police Department, accompanied by Piper Robert White, posted the flags. Corporal Kenneth Wagnon (Raleigh Police Department) sang the Star Spangled Banner and the Invocation was provided by Father Mark Reamer (Chaplin, Raleigh Police Department). City Councilor Philip Isley and Raleigh Police Chief Dolan were introduced and greeted the attendees. Major Cassandra Deck-Brown (Raleigh Police Department) was called upon to provide information on conference special events. CALEA Executive Director Sylvester Daughtry, Jr. concluded the Opening Session with information on workshops and conference activities.
Following the opening session, the schedule of training workshops began. Commission staff conducted CALEA-specific training classes, with additional topical workshops skillfully presented by outside instructors. They included: Reconstruction Unit (Master Officer E. J. Sweden, Crash Reconstruction Unit, Raleigh Police Department); RPD Net - Developing and Designing an Intranet for Law Enforcement Agencies (Officer JT Maultsby, Raleigh Police Department); 911 and Video Relay Service - How are the Calls Different? (Pamela Kaufman, EMD Program Manager, APCO International); Quality Assurance (Zeta R. Fail, Communications Manager, College Station (TX) Police Department); Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) and the Role it Plays in Revitalizing a Community (Charles Taylor, Crime Prevention Officer, Raleigh Police Department); Initial Management of a Tactical Incident (Captain Tom Earnhardt, Raleigh Police Department); Implementing a Crises Intervention Team Program: The Wake County Experience (Sergeant K. S. Anderson, Raleigh Police Department); Making Performance Appraisals Work (Zeta R. Fail, Communications Manager, College Station (TX) Police Department); The Business of Law Enforcement (Ronald Wise, Partner, MRW Consulting Group LLP, Plantation, Florida); Pawn Shops and How They Benefit Law Enforcement Agencies (Detective Barbara Cojocar, Raleigh Police Department); The Importance of Physical Fitness for Law Enforcement (Alvin A. Boone, Tactical Training Officer, Raleigh Police Department); The Amber Alert Initiative and the Kassie Trimmer Case (Gus Paidousis, Knoxville (TN) Police Department); Law Enforcement Digital Forensics: Problems and Perspectives (Sergeant Gary Hinnant, Raleigh Police Department); A Panel Discussion on Managing and Motivating Different Generations at Work (Clare Reece-Glore, CJ Associates, Durham, North Carolina); and Implementing a POP Culture in a Police Department (Lieutenant David Linthicum, Raleigh Police Department).
At the Full Commission Meeting on Friday March 20th, the Commission received standing committee reports:
Corporate Affairs Committee approved the Tulsa Conference minutes, accepted the treasurer and agency cost-saving strategies reports, and approved the CALEA Alliance Program renewal for the Indiana Law Enforcement Accreditation Program.
Outreach Committee approved the Tulsa Conference minutes, reviewed conference request for proposal, and received a status report on the 2012 conference sites.
Standards Review and Interpretations Committee approved the Tulsa Conference minutes and the Second Edition of Standards for Public Safety Training Academies; and approved the following changes: Standards for Law Enforcement Agencies had five standards, two commentaries, and two Chapter Introductions revised, two standards renumbered, and one new standard added; Standards for Public Safety Communications had two standards and one Chapter Introduction revised; Recognition Standards for Law Enforcement Agencies had three standards and one Chapter Introduction revised and one standard renumbered.
Awards Committee approved the Tulsa Conference minutes and a new award recognizing public safety professionalism.
CALEA Accreditation Support Fund approved the minutes from Tulsa Conference, and awarded grants to the following agencies: Hannibal (MO) Police Department, Harrisonburg-Rockingham (VA) Emergency Communications Center, Laconia (NH) Police Department, Show Low (AZ) Police Department, Southern Pines (NC) Police Department, and St. Edwards University (TX) Police Department.
Agency review hearings were held on Saturday morning, with five committees of Commissioners reviewing a total of 104 agencies: 8 for initial law enforcement accreditation, 80 for law enforcement reaccreditation, 4 for initial public safety communications accreditation, 3 for public safety communications reaccreditation, 3 for training academy reaccreditation, 4 for initial recognition, and 2 for recognition through alliance.
Agencies were awarded accreditation or recognition at the Saturday night Celebration Banquet. The evening ended with the Chair inviting everyone to the next CALEA Conference in Hampton, Virginia, July 29-August 1.