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The Winnipeg Police Service received a glowing review Monday night at a public information session for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies at city hall.

This was never in doubt as there were only police officers and some media in the room and no public presenters.

To offer a comment on the Winnipeg Police Service’s compliance with the 484 CALEA standards:

email: calea@calea.org

phone: 204-806-4581 or 1-703-352-4225 on Tuesday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

letter: CALEA, 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA, USA 20155

Presentations had to be specific to the Winnipeg Police Service’s ability to comply with the commission’s 484 standards, so it wasn’t surprising most Winnipeggers likely chose not to peruse those.

Members of the public can still provide feedback relative to the CALEA standards Tuesday by phone, email or mail.

"The Winnipeg Police Service has voluntarily contracted with the commission to work toward re-accreditation and continue to demonstrate professional excellence," said CALEA team leader Chief James Carmody of the City of Wyoming Police Department in Greater Grand Rapids, Mich. He and Maj. David Waltemeyer, a member of the Anne Arundel County Police Department in Anapolis, Md., led Monday’s session.

Accreditation is "a highly prized recognition of professional excellence in law enforcement," a press release stated, and is for three years. The WPS has been accredited since 1992.

"If anyone had any issues with how the Winnipeg Police Service conducted itself in relation to any of the CALEA standards, it is pretty specific, as the assessor mentioned, to the 484 standards," said Det. Sgt. Adrian May, the Winnipeg police accreditation manager.

May said examples of standards include the stipulations that all Winnipeg police officers must have firearms training at least once per year, they must participate in ethics training every two years, and officers receive police vehicle operations training every two years.

ashley.prest@freepress.mb.ca

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