A team of assessors from the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group (WILEAG) will arrive on Monday, September 28 to examine all aspects of the Milwaukee Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operation, and support service, Chief Edward Flynn announced today.
“Verification by the team that the Milwaukee Police Department meets the Board’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” Flynn said.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Wednesday, September 30 at 5:00 p.m. The session will be conducted in Room 301B of Milwaukee City Hall—200 E. Wells Street.
If an individual cannot attend the public information session, but would like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. The public may call 414-935-3955 on September 30 between the hours of 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Telephone comments, as well as appearances at the public information session, are limited to three minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with WILEAG’s standards. A copy of the standards is available online at www.city.milwaukee.gov/police under the “About MPD” tab. The Department contact for further information is Sergeant Rebecca Babich at 414-935-3835.
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Milwaukee Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write to WILEAG, PO Box 270693, Milwaukee, WI 53227 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Milwaukee Police Department is required to comply with 235 standards in order to gain accredited status. Deputy Inspector Paul Felician, Accreditation Manager for the Milwaukee Police said, “The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies. The assessors will review written material, interview individuals, and visit offices and places where compliance can be witnessed.”
“Once the WILEAG Board’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Board, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status,” Risk Management Inspector Carianne Yerkes said.
Accreditation status is granted for three years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.
For more information regarding the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group, please write to WILEAG at PO Box 270693, Milwaukee, WI 53227 or by Email at email@example.com.