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Maintaining superior police force takes work

By THEODORE J. STATON
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We are fortunate to enjoy superior safety services in UA, but it's no fluke that this is the case.

First and foremost, residents consistently place a high level of importance on providing high-quality police, fire and emergency medical services when asked in our community surveys. As a result, the city has made a conscious effort to ensure our safety services have the resources and training they need to maintain their place among the best providers in the region.

Much effort is required to stay abreast of the ever-evolving challenges and opportunities associated with the provision of relevant, first-rate safety services. For our police division, criminal activities evolve with societal and technological changes, so it's important that the division stay abreast of the community's changing needs.

National certification from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. provides an invaluable measurement tool to confirm the division is meeting the highest possible standards in law enforcement.

The benefits of being an accredited agency include greater accountability within the agency, reduced risk and liability exposure, stronger defense against legal lawsuits, staunch support from government officials and increased community advocacy.

Specifically, the accreditation program gives law enforcement agencies the opportunity to prove that their practices meet an established set of professional standards set by CALEA. These include maintaining a comprehensive set of written directives, providing reports and analyses necessary for the police chief and other division leaders to make informed decisions, and ensuring that programs are in place for times of natural or manmade critical incidents.

In 1993, the division successfully attained its first accreditation, and has been able to retain this important standard since that time.

The division currently is going through the necessary steps to keep accredited status for the next three years, with opportunity for public input on the horizon.

As part of an on-site assessment process with CALEA representatives, members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session Tuesday, Aug. 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Lower Level Meeting Room of the Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road.

It's also possible to offer comments by phone to the assessment team Wednesday, Aug. 21, by calling 614-583-5012 between 1 and 3 p.m.

Summer Doggie Dips

It's hard to believe, but Tremont Pool soon will close for the season.

But not before our four-legged friends get to dip, dive and doggie-paddle their way to a good time. This year's Doggie Dips are scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, and Friday, Aug. 23, and then from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 and Sunday, Aug. 25. Admission is $5 per pooch.

And please bring proof of immunizations, your standard supply of doggie bags and a leash.

Theodore J. Staton is Upper Arlington's city manager.

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