Fayetteville Police Department Seeks National Recognition

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FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)-- The Fayetteville police department is up for national accreditation for the second time from the Commission On Accreditation For Law Enforcement (CALEA).

Sgt. Craig Stout said the department was first accredited in March of 2013. He said assessors are in town Sunday (Nov. 15) and Monday (Nov. 16) looking at the department's policies and procedures and as well as doing random checks on cases and day-to-day operations.

"There are 189 bullet points in our tier of accreditation, so these are 189 things that we have to make sure that we have policies that are sound," Stout said.

He said the accreditation is something the department has been working towards for several years. He said in Northwest Arkansas, Rogers Police Department and the University of Arkansas Police Department are also CALEA credited. Only eight departments in all of Arkansas can boast the prestigious recognition.

"It just means that the Fayetteville Police Department is really going above and beyond to make sure that we are the best agency that we can possibly be for our citizens and our community," Stout said.

On Monday (Nov. 16), a public forum will take place to give citizens the chance to voice their opinions about the police department. Stout said the comments will be taken into consideration for the CALEA re-accreditation.

The forum will be held at the Fayetteville District Court at 5 p.m.

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