Training is an essential component to a successful accreditation effort. In order to achieve accreditation in an efficient and timely manner, department personnel require a thorough understanding of its concepts and procedures. Agency administrators should be familiar with the requirements of the program to allocate sufficient resources, delegate essential tasks, and implement required strategies. Similarly, staff members who coordinate the accreditation project, particularly the Accreditation Manager, need to understand the specific steps necessary to comply with standards, document their compliance, and prepare for the agency’s review by assessors.
While procedural manuals will direct program implementation and provide useful guidance, participation in training sessions can accelerate and expand the understanding of concepts and procedures. The accreditation instructor will clarify, illuminate and spark enthusiasm during the training process. Training paves the way for a fuller and more comprehensive understanding of the principals contained in procedural guidebooks.
IACLEA will present Accreditation workshops during its Annual Conferences. If you expect to participate in the accreditation program, this is an excellent opportunity to learn about the process and to network with others who are involved. You may also get a head start by bringing any staff members who will be involved in implementing your program.
Training sessions at the Annual Conference will include:
- Accreditation Management Training
Intended to outline the critical steps to achieving accreditation, this workshop will identify and explain the principal duties of an Accreditation Manager, including preparing a self-assessment plan, writing effective directives, organizing accreditation files, and preparing for an on-site assessment.
- CEO Panel on Accreditation
A panel of chief executive officers from accredited campus public safety departments will discuss their accreditation process experiences. They will answer frequently asked questions and address areas of concern for CEOs considering accreditation. Topics of discussion are likely to include the benefits of accreditation, how to manage the accreditation process, and how to avoid common problems or pitfalls.
Instructional workshops at Regional Conferences may also be scheduled through special arrangement with Jack Leonard, IACLEA Director of Accreditation & LEMAP Services( firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Commission of Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc (CALEA) also offers a variety of workshops during its conferences. Meeting three times annually, CALEA training programs include the following: New Accreditation Manager Training; Reaccreditation Management; Overview of the 5th Edition Standards for Law Enforcement Agencies; and Preparing for an On-site. Information concerning their conferences is available through their web site (www.calea.org).