CHP Seeks Accreditation for Communications Operations
The Office of Community Outreach and Media Relations with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has recently issued a press release regarding potential accreditation for public safety communications. The CHP is seeking accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), for its public safety communications operations.
CHP Calls on Public to Offer Comments
Although this is a voluntary process, this recognition could set the CHP apart from similar law enforcement agencies in other states. They are currently undergoing the rigorous assessment process to determine if they meet the standards. One part of the accreditation procedure involves public commentary. Members of the general public are invited and encouraged to offer comments via telephone to the CALEA assessment team. If you want to call with your comments, there’s going to be a public call-in period. CALEA is also welcoming written comments to be sent to their office in Gainesville, Virginia.
Public Call-in Period
August 12, 2014, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Managing Traffic and Emergency Incidents
One of the CHP’s primary responsibilities is the management of traffic and emergency incidents. Efficient communication between dispatchers and officers is critical for safely managing car accident scenes. First responders need to get to crash scenes as swiftly as possible, and transport injured victims to emergency rooms for treatment, just as quickly.
California Traffic Safety Facts
• In 2012, traffic fatalities increased 1.5 percent in California.
• In 2011, 2,816 people were killed in crashes.
• In 2012, 2,875 people were killed in traffic crashes across the state.
• 802 people were killed in crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers in 2012.
• In 2012, 612 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes.
• 124 bicyclists in California were killed in traffic crashes in 2012.
Improving Roadway Safety for Californians
CALEA requires law enforcement agencies to have state-of-the-art technology and cutting-edge procedures for accreditation. Smooth and efficient communication between roadway users, dispatchers and first responders is absolutely essential for swift emergency response time and information distribution. Hopefully, with or without the accreditation, the CHP will continue to improve upon current methods, technologies and procedures to increase roadway safety across the state.