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ACCREDITATION ASSESSMENT TEAM INVITES PUBLIC COMMENT

Middleton, Wisconsin, January 23, 2017 - A team of assessors from the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group (WILEAG) will arrive on January 31, 2017, to examine all aspects of the Middleton Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operation, and support services, Chief Charles Foulke announced today.

Verification by the team that the Middleton Police Department meets the Board’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation - a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, Chief Foulke said.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments regarding the Middleton Police Department’s ability to comply with WILEAG’s standards by calling (608)824-7345 on February 1, 2017, between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM.  Telephone comments are limited to ten minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with WILEAG’s standards.  The Department contact for further information is Chief Charles Foulke at (608)824-7305.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Middleton Police Department’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write to the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group, WILEAG, at WILEAG, P.O. Box 528, Hartland, WI 53029.

The Middleton Police Department has to comply with 235 professional standards in order to gain accredited status, Chief Foulke said.  “Even though going through the accreditation process is a large undertaking, the effort is well worth it as it assures the Police Department is operating with the best practices and professional standards in the law enforcement field” Chief Foulke said.


The Accreditation Manager for the Middleton Police Department is Captain Troy Hellenbrand.  Captain Hellenbrand said the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies.  The assessors will review written material, interview individuals, and visit offices and the places where compliance can be witnessed.  The assessors are: Team Leader Chief Ann Wellens – South Milwaukee PD; Assessor Sgt. Brian Vaughn – Janesville PD; and Assessor Sgt. Patrick Reese – Evansville PD.                                                                         

Once the WILEAG Board’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Board, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status, Chief Foulke stated.

Accreditation status is granted for three years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

For more information regarding the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Accreditation Group, please write to WILEAG, P.O. Box 528, Hartland, WI 53029 or program.manager@wileag.info.

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