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I was born and raised in Lima and was a resident of the south side. My past interactions with the Lima Police Department were all positive. Thanks to The Lima News for being a progressive newspaper, for having a Web site and video links to important news articles. Reading the most recent events has compelled me to write. In addition, I am proud the citizens and community leaders have stood up for their constitutional rights in a peaceful manner.The citizens of Lima should be the eyes and ears of the Police Department. Citizens should report suspicious criminal activity, suspectsí names and descriptions, vehicle description and license plate number, address, date and time of activity, frequency, and information on the people and/or vehicles frequenting locations of ill-repute.Elected officials should be working to improve the quality of life for the communities they serve and lead discussions between the citizens and police regarding what will not be tolerated in their communities and the options of enforcement action available to deter and apprehend criminals. I am not familiar with the procedures of LPD. However, based on comments made by citizens during the Ohio attorney generalís open forum, there is need for improvement.There are 459 law enforcement standards in the Fifth Edition Standards Manual from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (www.calea.org).† Currently, there are more than 900 law-enforcement agencies involved in the accreditation process in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Barbados. In addition, there are more than 60 law-enforcement agencies accredited in Ohio.Accredited law-enforcement agencies are required to have a written directive prohibiting bias based profiling in traffic contacts, field contacts, provide training to personnel, take corrective action and conduct a documented annual administrative review of agency practices including citizen concerns.Accredited law-enforcement agencies are required to have a written directive requiring that all complaints against the agency or its employees be investigated, to include anonymous complaints. In addition, the agency is required to keep the complainant informed concerning the status of a complaint including the verification of receipt that the complaint has been received for processing, status report, and final disposition.Accredited law-enforcement agencies are required to have written procedures for taking juveniles into custody, including, at a minimum, ensuring the constitutional rights of juveniles are protected and notifying parents or guardians of juveniles that the latter have been taken into custody.This is just an example of a few Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies standards. LPD is not an accredited law-enforcement agency. Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies-accredited agencies voluntarily demonstrate compliance with the best recognized practices in law enforcement. Lt. Craig A. Stone works in the Staff Inspections Section of the Columbus Police Department. He joined the department in 1984. He is president of the Ohio Accreditation Resource and a certified CALEA assessor. He is a 1978 graduate of Lima Senior High Schools and attended Bowling Green State University from 1978 to 1980. Stone earned a bachelor of business administration in organizational leadership, graduating cum laude, from Mount Vernon Nazarene University in 2007. He graduated from the Police Executive Leadership College in 2002 and served on the governorís Commission on African-American Males from 2002 to 2007.

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