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Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal file

SIOUX CITY | A national team will review the Sioux City Police Department as it seeks renewed accreditation for the agency.

Police Chief Rex Mueller announced in a press release Monday that the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies will arrive March 26 to examine all aspects of the department’s policies, procedures, management and operations. The accreditation would be given for three years.

The assessment process includes a session that day for people to weigh in on the department. The public session will be held at 7 p.m. March 26 in the meeting room of the Sioux City Public Museum, 607 Fourth St.

Those unable to attend can give comments to the assessment team by calling (712) 279-6112 from 1-3 p.m. that day. Comments at the session or submitted by phone will be limited to 10 minutes per person and must address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA standards.

Written comments can be addressed to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, in Gainesville, Virginia, 20155.

The commission is headquartered in Gainesville, Virginia. The CALEA team is composed of law enforcement personnel from similar agencies nationwide. The assessors will review written materials, interview personnel and look at facilities.

The assessors coming to Sioux City are Michael Dickey, police chief of Fairfield, Ohio; and Eric Robins, assistant chief of the Sugar Land, Texas, Police Department. They will bring findings back to the commission, which will make the accreditation decision.

Sioux City underwent its seventh re-accreditation process in 2015 and received meritorious re-accreditation using the CALEA's optional Gold Standard.


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