FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Chief Troy Hellenbrand
7341 Donna Drive
Middleton, WI 53562
ACCREDITATION ASSESSMENT TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT
Middleton, Wisconsin, January 3, 2023 - A team of assessors from the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group (WILEAG) will arrive on January 24, 2023 to examine all aspects of the Middleton Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operation, and support service, Chief Troy Hellenbrand announced today.
The team will verify that the Middleton Police Department meets the Board’s state-of-the-art standards which is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, Chief Hellenbrand said.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments regarding the Middleton Police Department’s ability to comply with WILEAG’s standards. The public may call (608) 824-7345 on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 between the hours of 1:00PM and 3:00PM. Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with WILEAG’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Middleton Police Department lobby at 7341 Donna Drive. The Department contact for further information is Chief Troy Hellenbrand at (608) 824-7305.
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Middleton Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write to Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group, WILEAG, at P.O. Box 44152, West Allis, WI 53214.
Achieving WILEAG accreditation, which includes complying with 242 standards, is a lengthy and challenging process which involves the support and effort of all Middleton Police Department employees, Chief Hellenbrand said. “Maintaining our WILEAG accreditation, which only a small percentage of law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin have been able to achieve, is a top priority to show the citizens which we serve that we are operating under established best practices and professional standards.”
The Accreditation Manager for the Middleton Police Department is Captain Jeremy Geiszler. Captain Geiszler said the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies. The assessors will review written material, interview individuals, and visit offices and the places where compliance can be witnessed. The assessors are: Team Leader – Captain Lara Vendola Messer – Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office; Assessor – Lieutenant Nate Cihlar – Wausau Police Department; and Assessor – Records Clerk Laurie Kreuger – Neenah Police Department.
Once the WILEAG Board’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Board, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status, Chief Hellenbrand stated.
Accreditation status is granted for three years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.
For more information regarding the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group, please write to WILEAG at P.O. Box 44152, West Allis, WI 53214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.