St. Louis PD's certification is being questioned

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — The St. Louis Police Department is under review.

In a special audit conducted by the The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), the St. Louis Police Department’s certification status may be in jeopardy if public complaints made against officers have merritt.

CALEA Program Manager Dennis Hyater says the organization is looking to see  if the police department responds to complaints made about racial profiling, officer brutality or misconduct, and will score the city’s law enforcement  on how well it meets over 400 of CALEA’s standards.

“Many people will deal with profiling issues, saying they were stopped by an officer because they were male or female or black or white,” Hyater said. “If these types of complaints have merritt , we will look to see if the department is following up with that complaint, and giving the citizen a response in a timely fashion.”

Hyater said all complaints will become part of  an assessment report that will be presented to CALEA in a special hearing December 13 at the police headquarters.

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