Tuesday, October 17, 2000

Agency accredits Mason Police Dept.

By Kevin Aldridge
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MASON — The Mason Police Department has received one of the most highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. The department recently was re-accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

        To receive accreditation, a police agency must be assessed on standards set by the commission and must be in compliance with at least 352 of 430 standards. It's effective for three years. The Ma son Police Department was first accredited in 1997.

        Kettering Police Chief Jim O'Dell, who is also a commissioner of CALEA, presented city leaders and Police Chief Ron Ferrell with a plaque certifying the Mason Police Department's re-accreditation. Chief O'Dell noted that fewer than 500 police agencies in the country have achieved this honor.

        Police officials say accreditation is important to citizens because CALEA standards require a police agency to be accountable to, and communicate with, the public.


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