Airport Authority Police Department seeks public input during reaccreditation process

News Releases
Jul 25
2017

DETROIT (July 25, 2017) – The Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) will provide two opportunities for the public to submit comments regarding law enforcement at Detroit Metropolitan and Willow Run Airports as part of the police department’s Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) reaccreditation process.

Attaining CALEA accreditation—a process the Airport Police Department completed in 2008, 2011 and 2014—requires the department to be in compliance with more than 480 professional standards. CALEA accreditation signifies the Airport Police Department is among the top- performing law enforcement agencies in the world.

As part of the ongoing review process to maintain this prestigious accreditation, a team of CALEA assessors will examine every aspect of WCAA public safety operations. Assessors will observe WCAA public safety personnel, equipment and operating procedures; interview local public officials; and tour airport facilities.

From 1:00-3:00 p.m. on August 1, 2017, assessors will make themselves available to members of the public by phone. Callers will have the opportunity to speak with CALEA assessors regarding the accreditation process and the department’s ability to comply with CALEA’s Standards. Members of the public who wish to participate may do so during this two-hour period by calling (734) 955-5796. Information about the Standards is available at www.calea.org/content/law-enforcement-program-standards.

Beginning at 4:00 p.m. on August 1, the Airport Police will host a public information session in “The Meeting Place” conference room, located in the L.C. Smith Building at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. During the session, CALEA assessors will be available to address comments and questions regarding the Airport Police reaccreditation process.

For more information about CALEA, visit www.calea.org. To learn more about WCAA’s public information programs, contact Special Services Deputy Director Barclay F. Stewart at (734) 247- 3648.

Erica Donerson
Director, Government and External Affairs
Wayne County Airport Authority