Ladies and gentlemen,
I want to take a moment to express my appreciation to all those who played a role in our initial onsite process for law enforcement accreditation. The last few days have been the culmination of nearly three years of intense focus on transforming the culture and shaping the future of the Knightdale Police Department. The onsite process was administered by independent assessors, and is critical to ensuring that our agency meets the professional high standards and best practices of the law enforcement profession. We were fortunate to have our department and methods evaluated under the careful eyes of two seasoned assessors, Chief James Fox and Lieutenant Jeff McDaniel. Our team of assessors were extremely complimentary of the agency, its policies and practices, and the men and women who have worked so hard to make our organization successful. They also spoke highly of our community and its local leadership. We are happy to report there were no issues at all discovered during our audit. For an agency pursuing its initial accreditation award, this is very impressive. It is a testament to the dedication and commitment of our officers and to our many stakeholders who have supported us throughout this process.
To those in the community who took the time to speak openly about their experiences with our department, we extend a heartfelt thanks. You are the reason we do what we do on a daily basis, and your support is valued more than you will ever know. To the Town staff who made themselves available to answer questions and provide feedback, we express our gratitude for the solid working relationships we have forged with you and your personnel over the years. And to the men and women of the Knightdale Police Department, we offer the highest praise possible. It is your sacrifice, perseverance, and passion for the career that truly made this journey possible. The best laid plans are nothing without a group of committed people to carry them forward.
A special word of thanks goes to our Administrative Division Manager, Erin Carden. Ms. Carden has shouldered a tremendous amount of responsibility and workload to ensure that our policies, files, and supporting documentation were in order for the assessment. The process of accreditation is an arduous task, and her oversight of the project is no small thing. Her dedication and passion for accreditation is a reflection of her commitment to the Town of Knightdale. I cannot begin to express how fortunate we are to have such a gem working in our organization.
In a few weeks, the agency will receive a final report from our assessors outlining their findings and recommendations. We will appear before the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in March 2016, where we anticipate being formally presented with our inaugural accreditation award. We promise to keep you posted as the date draws closer.
Again, thanks to everyone for their support and involvement – no matter how small – throughout this process. The Knightdale Police Department’s best and brightest days now lay ahead of us, and we look forward to having you at our side for the incredible journey.
Lawrence R. Capps
Chief of Police
257th Session FBINA