Iowa Department of Public Safety
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

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For immediate release:  
July 24, 2017  

Media Release

The Iowa Department of Public Safety, which includes the Division of Administrative Services, Investigative Operations Division and Division of the Iowa State Patrol, is scheduled for an on-site assessment as part of a voluntary program to achieve accreditation by verifying it meets internationally recognized professional law enforcement standards.

Administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (C.A.L.E.A.), the accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the public are invited to offer comments through a public information call-in session Monday, July 31, 2017, between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM.  Interested parties should call 515-314-9898 to participate.  Telephone comments are limited to ten minutes, and must address the agency’s ability to comply with C.A.L.E.A.’s standards. To obtain more information about C.A.L.E.A. you may visit their website at

After the call-in session there will be a Public Hearing Session beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Public Meeting room located at the Oran Pape State Office Building located at 215 East 7th Street Des Moines, 50319

If you wish Information about C.A.L.E.A.’s standards, you may contact one of the following Iowa DPS Accreditation Managers:

Director Charis M. Paulson, 515-725-6277, or

Major Todd A. Misel, 515-725-6286, or

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s ability to meet standards for accreditation may send them to:  Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (C.A.L.E.A.), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia, 20155 or

The assessment team is composed of public safety practitioners from outside of Iowa, who are specially trained in CALEA’s standards. The team members come from agencies that are similar to the Iowa Department of Public Safety. These assessors will review written material, interview individuals and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed.

The assessors are:

Team Leader - Ret. Major William David Munday North Carolina Highway Patrol
Team Member – Special Agent in Charge Cynthia Ledford, Georgia Bureau of Investigation

Once the CALEA assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, who will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status. Should the Commission award accreditation to the Iowa DPS, it will be the departments third award.


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