Patrol seeks comments for reaccreditation


COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is pursuing reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), an internationally-recognized organization dedicated to improving law enforcement and public safety services. This is the 10th reaccreditation application for the Ohio State Highway Patrol. In addition, the Patrol is seeking its first CALEA accreditation for its Training Academy. This requires compliance with an additional set of standards specific to the training and development of troopers and peace officers.

A national team of assessors from CALEA will examine all aspects of the Patrol’s policies, procedures, management, operations, and support services. The CALEA assessment team consists of Major Caren Sterling from the Virginia State Police, retired Colonel George Battle from the Connecticut State Police and Special Agent in Charge Cynthia Ledford from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

As a part of these assessments, the Patrol welcomes the public to offer comments on either the agency generally or the Training Academy during a call-in session. The public may offer comments on the Training Academy or the Patrol generally by calling 614-387-7488 at specific times. Comments will be taken by CALEA assessors. The public call-in session provides an opportunity for members of the public to ask questions about the accreditation process, or comment on the Patrol’s professionalism and compliance with standards.

The call-in session for the Training Academy is Monday, March 29, from 2 to 4 p.m.

General comments about the Patrol can be made on Tuesday, March 30, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.

In addition, a virtual hearing is scheduled via Microsoft Teams on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, beginning at 9 a.m. In order to participate, please email the Patrol’s Accreditation Manager, Carrie Jarka, at cjjarka@dps.ohio.gov and a link will be emailed to you prior to the virtual hearing.

The Patrol is grateful for anyone who decides to participate or call during these sessions. Public support is vital to the success of the Patrol and in day-to-day operations.

The Patrol’s accreditation manager is Carrie Jarka and she can be reached at cjjarka@dps.ohio.gov with any questions regarding CALEA and the assessment process.