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Holding Facility Training & Preparing for the Assessment

Free

with Captain Thomas Dunn

Calendar Oct 3, 2018 at 9 am

Location: Grafton Police Department 

This training opportunity will consist of two modules: Holding Facility Training and Preparing for the Assessment. Holding Facility Training will be facilitated by Captain Thomas Dunn from Chelsea and Lieutenant Craig Denman from Holliston and Preparing for the Assessment will be facilitated by Lieutenant Laurene Spiess from Boston College.

 

Holding Facility Training: 

This workshop will focus on the holding facility as it relates to Chapter 72 of the accreditation standards. This high liability function of any police department requires a proper holding facility meeting standards from the Commission which will help reduce risk, liability and enhance the professional standing of each agency.

Through a presentation and discussion, we will review the relevant standards, Agency Tour Checklist and examples of actual holding facilities providing participants a complete view of what is expected in this important chapter as well as provide an overview of upcoming pertinent changes in the 6th Edition as they apply to the Holding Facility. 

 

Preparing for the Assessment: 

This  workshop  covers  the  major  facets  of  the  on-site assessment phase  beginning  with  two  preliminary reviews:  one  by  the  agency's  peers  known  as  the  mock  assessment  and  the  other  by  the  Commission  to  determine  an  agency’s  readiness  to  be  assessed by  the  Commission. Timelines  (in  conjunction  with the  Commission’s  meeting  schedule),  the  Commission’s  Checklist  for  Preparing  for  the  On-site  Assessment,  what  you  can  expect  from  the  assessors,  the  station  tour,  assessment  notification  requirements  (for accreditation  only),  the  exit  briefing  with  the  assessors,  the  assessment  team’s  report,  and  finally  the  review  before  the  Commission  will  all  be  discussed.

Preparing for the Assessment & Problem Standards

Free

with Lt. Laurene Spiess

Calendar Sep 27, 2018 at 8:30 am

Location: Andover Police Department 

This training opportunity will consist of two modules: Preparing for the Assessment and Problem Standards. Preparing for the Assessment will be facilitated by Lt. Laurene Spiess from Boston College and Problem Standards will be facilitated by Lt. Daniel Unsworth from Watertown and Lt. Colleen Dunbar from Lexington. 

 

Preparing for the Assessment: 

This  workshop  covers  the  major  facets  of  the  on-site assessment phase  beginning  with  two  preliminary reviews:  one  by  the  agency's  peers  known  as  the  mock  assessment  and  the  other  by  the  Commission  to  determine  an  agency’s  readiness  to  be  assessed by  the  Commission. Timelines  (in  conjunction  with the  Commission’s  meeting  schedule),  the  Commission’s  Checklist  for  Preparing  for  the  On-site  Assessment,  what  you  can  expect  from  the  assessors,  the  station  tour,  assessment  notification  requirements  (for accreditation  only),  the  exit  briefing  with  the  assessors,  the  assessment  team’s  report,  and  finally  the  review  before  the  Commission  will  all  be  discussed.

 

Problem Standards: 

The focus of this workshop is on “reading” standards correctly, and this involves a critical eye.  A collection of the most frequently misinterpreted/problematic standards will be presented for review and discussion.  Reviewing frequently used terms and identifying standards that are commonly on an agency’s Repair List are also on the agenda. 

 

Parking Considerations: Parking at the Andover Police Department will be on-street parking. There is no parking in the Police Department lot. 

Sixth Edition Standards

Free

with Donna Taylor Mooers

Calendar Aug 23, 2018 at 9:30 am

One of the primary duties and responsibilities of an Accreditation Manager is to keep abreast of all new and amended standards adopted by the Commission, and this workshop is designed to do that.

In May of 2017, the Commission’s Standards and Training Committee began a comprehensive review of program standards for state certification and accreditation, and while doing so, it considered CALEA’s new and amended 6th Edition Standards for national accreditation.

Recommendations were submitted to the Commission and following a review of the Committee’s recommendations, new and amended standards for state certification and accreditation have been adopted. While the Committee and Commission Staff work together to update program documents to reflect the new and amended standards, this workshop offers an overview of the adopted changes.

For the benefit of newcomers, this workshop will provide a snapshot of program standards. For others in the process, the workshop will highlight major changes to standards and provide some perspective on the impact that they might have on their agency. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions about the specific changes made and hear the answers to these anticipated questions: What is the projected timetable for the release of these new standards and what is the Transition Policy for meeting them whether in self-assessment; certified or accredited?

This workshop is being presented by MPAC's Executive Director, Donna Taylor Mooers. All are encouraged to attend.





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