Positive policing review; Cornwall police receive accreditation

The Cornwall Community Police Service receives its law enforcement from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Pictured are Chief Dan Parkinson, accreditation coordinator Carole Anne Levac and board chairman Andre Rivette. This is the second certification for the police force. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – City Police Chief Dan Parkinson says the “value cannot be understated” as the force has received top marks from an international law enforcement reviewer.

The Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) reviewed the Cornwall Community Police Service (CCPS) in nine key areas and awarded the accreditation March 23, 2016.

The certificate was presented at the Cornwall Police Services Board meeting today (Wednesday).

The voluntary review puts Cornwall is a league of hundreds of police agencies in Canada and the United States meeting law enforcement excellence.

CALEA’s goal is to improve delivery of law enforcement service. The highlights from the review show Cornwall’s files were well organized, time sensitive reports were submitted on time and feedback on the service was overwhelmingly positive.

Chief Parkinson says the accreditation will move to a four year process, where CALEA will review paperwork in the interim and do an on-site inspection during the fourth year.

Cornwall has been taking part in the CALEA process – first as a recognition award and now as a certification – since 2010.