The City of Omaha Police Department (OPD) is currently undergoing the process of international reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).  Our onsite assessment will occur from August 11-14, 2013.

Through this process, the OPD requests recognition as a professional law enforcement agency.  Reaccreditation will bring a sense of pride and accomplishment to our agency, and will bestow on us an international recognition of professional excellence.  The OPD is fully committed to being a world-class, quality-driven, leading police organization.  Ultimately, achieving accredited status increases citizen and employee confidence in the OPD’s law enforcement services.  During the re­accreditation process, there are three opportunities for you and/or a representative of your agency to provide support and/or feedback on behalf of OPD.

1.      Public Forum:  As part of the onsite assessment, community members are invited to offer comments at a public forum on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  The forum will be conducted at the OPD Headquarters building, 505 South 15th Street (southeast corner of 15th and Howard Streets), in the Fifth Floor Auditorium.  At the forum, the CALEA Assessors will seek information from community members regarding the job performance of the OPD.  Your presence at this meeting will support our department in the re­accreditation process.

2.      Letter of Support:  If you are unable to attend the public forum, you can also assist the OPD with the reaccreditation process by providing a Letter of Support addressing the positive aspects of national accreditation.  If you would like to submit a Letter of Support, please address the letter to:  Captain Diana Kelly, Accreditation Manager, Omaha Police Department, 505 South 15th Street, Omaha, Nebraska, 68102.  (Sample Letter of Support).

3.      Call-In Session:  If you are unable to attend the public forum and would like to speak personally with the CALEA Assessors and/or leave a message for them, you may call (402) 444-5612 during the public Call­In Session, which is scheduled for Tuesday, August 13, 2013, between 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

If you have any questions about this process or wish to request additional information, please feel free to contact Captain Diana Kelly, Accreditation Manager, via phone at (402) 444-5616, or via email at diana.kelly@ci.omaha.ne.us.  We appreciate your time and effort in assisting the OPD with the re­accreditation process.

Sincerely,

Todd R. Schmaderer
Chief of Police
City of Omaha

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