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CITY OF BLUE SPRINGS, MISSOURI

PRESS RELEASE

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903 W. Main Street, Blue Springs, MO 64015 — P: 816.228.0110 — F: 816.228.7592 — www.bluespringsgov.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: December 30, 2011

CONTACT: Kim Nakahodo, Communications Manager

Phone: 816.655.0497, Cell: 816.651.6449

Email: knakahodo@bluespringsgov.com

Police Department Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

Blue Springs Police Chief Wayne McCoy announced today that assessors from the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will conduct a public hearing on February 7, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. at the Central Jackson County Fire District’s Training Facility, 4715 W. Highway 40. Blue Springs Mo. Public comments will be taken as part of the Blue Springs Police Department’s process to gain national accreditation. Chief Daniel Boring, ret., Virginia Police Department and Lieutenant Thomas Wilkes, Aurora, Colorado Police Department will conduct the on-site assessment.

The accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services. The assessor will review documentation, interview individuals, and visit areas where compliance with CALEA standards can be observed.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency members and the public are invited to offer comments to the assessors by calling (816) 228-0174 on February 7, 2012 from 2-4 p.m. Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. Copies of the standards are available for review at the Blue Springs Police Department at 1100 SW Smith Street, Blue Springs, Mo. You may also Contact Sergeant Linda DeMo at (816) 220-4567.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Blue Springs Missouri Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Gainesville, Va. 20155.

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