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Chief appointed to special commission

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

Greenville's Police Chiefreceives a special recognition. The Commission on Accreditation for Law EnforcementAgencies (CALEA) appointed Chief Hassan Aden as a commissioner to its governingboard.

"It is indeed an honor, ahuge responsibility because agencies do spend money. It's a full time positionand it's a significant investment. But it is an investment that our communitiescan not live without." Aden said.

CALEA is charged withdeveloping standards for agencies across the country.  The GreenvillePolice Department received its 1st accreditation in 1995 and received tophonors last year for meeting more than 300 standards.

"I fully believe inthe process. It is the driving force behind the professionalization of policein the United States. If it didn't exist, I think that a lot of policedepartments would struggle to stay current, to stay modern, and to improveservices in the community." Aden added.

CALEA was established in 1979 to developprofessional operating standards for public safety agencies and to administercomplementary accreditation processes.  Some of the benefits of theseprocesses include a higher level of public accountability, improved delivery ofpolice services, and the adoption of modern policing methods.  

CALEA Program offerings currentlyinclude accreditation for law enforcement agencies, public safetycommunications and training academies, and most recently, campus securityorganizations.  These programs serve as a modern management model forpublic safety agencies on an international basis, and are a blueprint fordeveloping industry recognized best practices.           

CALEA has 21 commission board members,including 11 law enforcement practitioners and 10 members from the public andprivate sectors.  The position is voluntary and Commissioners areappointed to a term of three years.  Chief Aden's appointmentbecomes effective January 1, 2014.

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