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Police seeking public input for state accreditation process

May 11, 2019

DeKALB – The DeKalb Police Department is seeking public input Wednesday as part of their state-accreditation process, according to a news release from the city.

DeKalb residents will have the opportunity to provide comment and opinion on the operations of the department from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday during a two-hour phone-in session, which the public can join by calling 815-748-8180.

The phone will be answered during that time by one of the assessors for the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program.

Accomplishing accreditation by the ILEAP, which Police Chief Gene Lowery said the department has been working toward for years in the news release, would mean the department meets ethical and professional standards in all areas of their work.

The ILEAP team will be in DeKalb all day Wednesday to review polices and operations for the department. The team will determine whether the DeKalb Police Department meets each of the standards necessary to achieve the program’s Tier 2 accreditation, which is its most rigorous designation, the release shows.

The Tier 2 accreditation includes 180 professional standards divided into four subject areas: administration, operations, personnel, and training.

The accreditation team will perform a department tour, vehicle inspections, staff interviews, ride-alongs, and an inspection of operations in records, evidence, patrol, investigations and communications.