Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment
Omaha, Neb., April 8, 2021
As part of Union Pacific's efforts to maintain national law enforcement accreditation, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) has scheduled a public assessment of Union Pacific's Police Department (UPPD).
“This assessment is to ensure UPPD meets CALEA’s state-of-the-art standards, and is part of a voluntary process to gain and maintain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence,” said Bruce Bombeck, Union Pacific’s Sr. Manager of Training and Standards. "Through this process, our department demonstrates its ability to continue meeting the highest level of internationally recognized standards for public safety and communications."
CALEA accreditation requires the UPPD to comply with advanced standards in four areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations and support services. The process consists of five phases: enrollment, self-assessment, on-site assessment, commission review and decision, and maintaining compliance.
UPPD achieved accreditation in 2013 and 2017, becoming the only Class I railroad police department to receive and maintain CALEA accreditation.
As part of the on-site assessment phase, the general public and Union Pacific employees are invited to provide feedback about the UPPD via phone at 877-859-9008, Monday, April 12, from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. CST. Comments will be processed by the CALEA assessment team. Calls are limited to 10 minutes and must address the UPPD's abilities to comply with CALEA standards. Access to the standards is available, by appointment only, at Union Pacific Center, 1400 Douglas St., Omaha, NE 68179.
A virtual public hearing will be held Tuesday, April 13, from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. CST on StarLeaf Meetings. Attendees may sign on to Starleaf.com and enter meeting number 4929698604. The meeting will begin promptly at 2 p.m. CST and will conclude when the last person is heard that has signed on by 2:15 p.m. CST. Comments must address the UPPD's abilities to comply with CALEA standards.
Written comments also will be accepted and can be sent to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Va. 22030-2215, www.calea.org or email at calea.org with UPPD in the subject line.
CALEA was established in 1979 as a result of combined efforts of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement, National Sheriffs' Association and the Police Executive Research Fund to establish a law enforcement credentialing authority. Only 17% of U.S. law enforcement agencies have earned CALEA accreditation.
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