Police introduce new manager to help with CALEA certification

mhankerson@newsobserver.comJanuary 16, 2014 

MECHELLE HANKERSON — mhankerson@newsobserver.com Buy Photo

— The police department has a new member with a different background than most of her new colleagues.

Rather than experience in the physically demanding law enforcment field, Erin Carden, the department’s new accreditation manager, has a background in computer sciences that will help Knightdale police better manage their accreditation efforts.

Originally, Carden’s position wasn’t going to be filled until later this year, but police Chief Jason said in November, filling the position earlier would help with training the new employee in time for key steps in important accreditation processes.

Carden has lived in Wake County with her husband since 2011 and has a professional background in IT and human resources fields.

She will manage the paperwork for the police department as they pursue the process of becoming certified by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, of CALEA.

CALEA is an international accreditation board that has a five-step accreditation process. Part of enrollment requires agencies to pay a fee based on what program they want accredited and how many employees are part of that program.

CALEA charges $10,100 to complete the process for 25-199 employees, the category Knightdale falls under with 38 employees in the police department.

After enrolling, agencies are required to complete a self-assessment. Knightdale has 36 months to complete theirs and is almost four months into the process.

If the department waited until the new fiscal year to hire the manager, it would have lost almost a year in that process.

CALEA requires ‘proofs,’ which are paper trails that demonstrate how agencies are fulfilling the standards they base their evaluations on.

“If they require a certain policy, you have to show that policy and show evidence you’re following that policy,” Godwin said in November.

This part of the accreditation requires the most work of the department and this is when having an accreditation manager would help, he said.

Hankerson: 919-829-4826; Twitter: @easternwakenews

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