Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment

The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group (WILEAG) will be making an assessment and examine all aspects of the Whitewater Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operation, and support service. The assessment will take place Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

Verification by the WILEAG team is necessary for the Whitewater Police Department to meet the Board’s state-of-the-art standards as part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation.

“This is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” Chief Aaron Raap said.

The public can provide comments to the assessment team by calling (262) 473-0109 on Wednesday, November 14 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with WILEAG’s standards.

Individuals can offer written comments about the Whitewater Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation and send them to Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group, WILEAG at WILEAG at P.O. Box 528, Hartland, WI 53029.

“The Whitewater Police Department must comply with 233 standards in order to gain accredited status,” said Raap. “The achievement and subsequent maintaining of accredited status is truly a landmark accomplishment for our department. It vividly represents our commitment to providing the highest quality law enforcement services possible and is one important aspect of our commitment to organizational excellence.”

“The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies,” said Captain Dan Meyer, Accreditation Manager for the Whitewater Police Department. “The assessors will review written material, interview individuals and visit offices and the places where compliance can be witnessed.”

Assessors for Whitewater will be Captain Jill Kallay (Team Leader), Sergeant Brian Vaughn, and Officer Michelle Preisler. “After completion of the WILEAG Board’s review of the agency, they report back to the full Board which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status,” Meyer stated.

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, citizens can email or write to WILEAG, P.O. Box 528, Hartland, WI 53029

A copy of the standards is available at the Whitewater Police Department.

Citizens can contact Captain Dan Meyer at (262) 473-1371 for further information.

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