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Accreditation hearing for SLMPD

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX)-The public had its chance to weigh-in on whether the St. Louis Police Department should retain its international accreditation Monday night, and based on those who testified, it should be no problem.

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies on-site assessment team heard from the public Monday night, as part of its effort to determine if the department should retain its international accreditation.

There were two speakers who complained of mistrust and a strained relationship with citizens, but ten others, including officials from neighborhood organizations praised the department for working with citizens to reduce crime.

Third District resident Rita Ford said the police department was “Fantastic” saying, “They do a great job.”  Fifth district resident Brian Krueger praised the department’s efforts to reach out to the community.  13th Ward Alderman Fred Wessels called the department and its officers, “Professional, well-trained and effective.” He told the assessment team that the department is, “Better today than ever.”

 One of the detractors, 4th Ward Alderman Samuel Moore said the department needs to work on its relationship with the residents of his ward.

Assessment team leader Pat Foley says the comments will be combined with other information to make the final decision, “Public comments, any comments that are received by mail and our comments on the review of their files.”

You can comment by phone at 1-800-368-3757, by email at calea@calea.org, or by mail by writing to CALEA, 13575 Heathcote Blvd. Suite 320 Gainesville VA 20155.

 Foley says a decision on re-accreditation is expected in the spring.

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