State Police Commissioner Frank E. Pawlowski today invited the public to be involved in the agency's effort to be reaccredited by a leading law enforcement organization.

Being accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, or CALEA, indicates a law enforcement agency is providing the highest level of police service to the public, the commissioner said.

"The department received initial accreditation from CALEA in 1993 and has been reaccredited four more times since then," Pawlowski said. "The commission will conduct an on-site reassessment to determine whether we still comply with CALEA standards regarding operations, policies and procedures, administration and support services."

As part of the process, a toll-free telephone line has been established for residents and state police personnel to provide comments on state police services. On Monday, Dec. 6, from 1 to 5 p.m., individuals can call 1-877-907-0477 to speak with reassessment team members. Comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address state police's ability to comply with commission standards.

Written comments on state police services can be mailed to CALEA, 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.

CALEA is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization created in 1979 through the joint efforts of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs' Association and Police Executive Research Forum. Its accreditation programs are designed to improve the delivery of public safety services and recognize professional excellence. More information about CALEA is available at www.calea.org.

For more specifics about the accreditation program, contact Regina M. O'Hara, state police acting accreditation manager, at (717) 787-0891, or CALEA at (703) 352-4225.

For more information, visit www.psp.state.pa.us or call (717) 783-5556.