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For Immediate Release: January 7, 2014
For More Information Contact: Chief Brad Keil, (608) 824-7305
ACCREDITATION ASSESSMENT TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT
Middleton, Wisconsin, January 8, 2014 - A team of assessors from the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group (WILEAG), will arrive on January 14, 2014, to examine all aspects of the Middleton Police Department’s Policy and Procedures, management, operation, and support services, Chief Brad Keil announced today.
Verification by the team that the Middleton Police Department meets the Board’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a Public Information Session on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at 5:00 PM. The session will be conducted in the Middleton Police Department/Municipal Court Facility located at 7341 Donna Drive, Middleton, Wisconsin.
If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the Public Information Session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. The public may call (608) 824-7345 on Wednesday, January 15, between the hours of 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.
Telephone comments as well as appearances at the Public Information Session are limited to ten 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, and on the Department’s webpage – www.MiddletonPD.com. The Department contact for further information is Chief Brad Keil 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, 8133 W. Raymond Lane, West Allis, WI 53219.
The Middleton Police Department has to comply with 234 standards in order to gain accredited status. “Accreditation assures the Department is operating with the best practices and professional standards in the law enforcement field. Accreditation is a peer review, voluntary process, that will build public confidence in the Department,” Chief Brad Keil said.
The Accreditation Manager for the Middleton Police Department is Captain Noel Kakuske. Captain Kakuske has advised 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 Chief Steve Kopp - Town of Beloit PD; Assessor Captain Daniel Baumann - Waukesha PD; Assessor Lieutenant Lara Vendola-Messer - Winnebago County Sheriff.
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 Brad Keil 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, 8133 W. Raymond Lane, West Allis, WI 53219.