Suffolk Police seek re-accreditation

Published 6:40 pm Friday, March 17, 2023

Suffolk Police Department is scheduled for a virtual assessment from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies lnc. from May 12-20.

The assessment is part of a program to achieve re-accreditation by verifying it continues to meet professional standards. 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 Suffolk Police Department must comply with about 163 standards that, in turn, contain more than 300 bulleted sub-standards in order to maintain an accredited status. 

As part of the virtual assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments to CALEA and their assessors regarding the Suffolk Police Department, according to a department news release. 


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CALEA has established an online portal to receive citizen comments. A link to the portal can be found on the Suffolk Police Department’s website on the home page of under the heading of CALEA. For those that choose to go directly to CALEA’s site the link of is an option. For this virtual assessment, there will be no in person public comment period offered by CALEA.

In keeping with the belief of transparency with the community, a copy of the standards being assessed by CALEA are available for review at the Suffolk Police Department Headquarters, 111 Henley Pl. Contact the Accreditation Manager, Master Police Officer Andrew Fenneman, at 757-514-7959 for an appointment.

Accreditation is for four years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited, the release states. 

The Suffolk Police Department is community-oriented, and public trust is an integral part of its function on a day to day basis, department officials stated. This rigorous process offers transparency to the public which mutually benefits both parties so that the Suffolk Police Department can work together to build and support the most viable community possible. 

Enrollment in the CALEA Accreditation process is strictly voluntary, as most Departments would not be able to reach compliance with the strict accountability standards that are required. Only a small percentage of all police departments in the nation are accredited, according to the release, as it takes the highest level of commitment to excellence to be able to comply with all of the requirements. 

By once again voluntarily subscribing to this strategic and comprehensive re-accreditation process, the Suffolk Police Department has once again attested to its commitment to the citizens of Suffolk.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments, outside of the online portal, about the Suffolk Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for re-accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement lnc., 13575 Heathcote Blvd, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155, or email calea@celea.orq.