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Frank Lewis

PDT Staff Writer

When area law enforcement agencies need help with solving a crime, they rely on The Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI&I), and when they send their new officers for training, it is to the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPATA). Now comes word from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine that both BCI&I and OPATA have been reaccredited under the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies’ (CALEA) new Gold Standard Assessment process.

DeWine said the Gold Standard accreditation is an in-depth assessment available only to select agencies that have shown a commitment to the law enforcement accreditation process and that voluntarily request an increased level of outside scrutiny as a means for further self-improvement.

“This national accreditation recognizes our passion for excellence in providing our local law enforcement partners with the highest levels of services and training,” DeWine said. “These assessments were conducted at the highest levels of accountability, and I am proud that both BCI and OPOTA earned every award for which they were eligible.”

OPOTA is the first law enforcement training facility in the United States to receive the Gold Standard accreditation.

Both BCI&I and OPOTA also received the Accreditation with Excellence Award, which is given only to law enforcement agencies that are found to go above and beyond the minimum requirements for accreditation and achieve an outstanding on-site assessment.

In addition, BCI received the Advanced Accreditation designation and the Meritorious Award. The Meritorious Award is reserved for agencies maintaining 15 or more years of accredited status.

DeWine said accreditation through CALEA is voluntary process that occurs every three years.

Video of BCI&I and OPOTA are available by emailing jill.delgreco@ohioattorenygeneral.gov or by calling 614-728-4946.

Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 252, or at flewis@civitasmedia.com. For breaking news, follow Frank on Twitter @FrankLewisPDT.

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