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November 26, 2002

Division of Fish and Wildlife

Contact: Capt. Bayard Holleger, Enforcement, phone: (302) 739-3440


Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Agents Receive International Law Enforcement Re-accreditation; Retains Status as Only U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency Internationally Accredited.

DNREC's Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section continues as the leader in the field of natural resources and boating law enforcement after receiving re-accreditation status at the November conference of the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) held in Portland, Ore.

Delaware's Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section remains the only internationally accredited fish and wildlife enforcement agency in the United States with this re-accreditation award that recognizes the commitment of the agency to professionalism in its adherence to a body of internationally recognized standards. The award also places it among only seven enforcement agencies in Delaware to achieve accreditation.

CALEA accreditation is an international program that began in 1979 sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Sheriff's Association, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and the Police Executive Research Forum. The accreditation process requires the agency to review its policies and procedures and bring them into compliance with CALEA standards.

According to Capt. Bayard Holleger, the Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section chose to enter the voluntary process in 1991 and was awarded its initial accreditation in November 1994. The section must comply with 334 of CALEA's 436 standards. The number of standards to which an agency is held applicable is determined by CALEA based on the agency's law enforcement role and size.

Following a self assessment stage which takes, on average, two to seven years, the agency is visited by a team of CALEA assessors who review the agency's policies and procedures and verify compliance with the standards. If an agency demonstrates satisfactory compliance, it is presented to the full CALEA commission and recommended for accredited status. To achieve re-accredited status, the agency is re-visited every three years and must demonstrate its compliance with the standards for the entire 3-year period.

An assessment team from CALEA visited the enforcement section for five days in late August and reviewed agency files documenting compliance. The assessors also conducted interviews and rode with agency personnel to observe their activities and programs. The efforts of the section resulted in its award of re-accreditation status in Portland Nov. 17.

H. Lloyd Alexander, acting director of the Division of Fish and Wildlife, said the Division's enforcement officers consistently adhere to high standards in performing their duties. "The accreditation is a reflection of the high degree of professionalism within the Enforcement Section of the Division," said Alexander. "It is also official recognition that our Enforcement Section's operational policies and procedures meet the highest standards."
 


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