April 7, 2008 - Accreditation
Assessment Team Invites Public Comment
COLUMBUS, Ohio –The Ohio Department of
Taxation’s Enforcement Division is holding a public comment
period on April 28 as part of the division’s triennial
accreditation assessment by the Commission on Accreditation
for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).
The CALEA assessment team is seeking input from both the
citizens served by the agency as well as from Enforcement
Division’s employees. Interested persons can submit their
comments to the assessment team on Monday, April 28 from
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. by calling a toll-free number, (866)
This comment period is one component of the accreditation
process that begins April 26 when the CALEA assessment team
arrives at the Enforcement Division site, located at the
department’s Columbus Northland facility. The team will
examine all aspects of the division’s policy and procedures,
management, operations, and support services.
Verification by the team that the Enforcement Division meets
CALEA standards is part of a voluntary process to gain
re-accreditation. This status, defined by CALEA as practicing
a modern management model for advancing public safety
professionalism, is a highly prized recognition of law
enforcement professional excellence by agencies nationwide.
The Ohio Department of Taxation Law Enforcement Division is
the only state tax law enforcement agency to achieve CALEA
accreditation. The division was re-accredited in 2005.
Telephone comments will be taken by the assessment team,
consisting of Lt. Col. (Ret.) Darrel E. Stilwell, Team
Leader, and Mr. John B. Dankel, Team Member. Comments are
limited to ten minutes and must address the agency’s ability
to comply with CALEA’s standards.
A copy of these standards is available by contacting the
Enforcement Division, 4485 Northland Ridge Blvd., Columbus,
OH 43229. The local contact is Susan Kusan,
Accreditation Manager, at 614-466-6939.
Persons can also offer written comments about the Enforcement
Division’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation.
Comments can be submitted to: Commission on Accreditation for
Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 10302 Eaton Place,
Suite 100 Fairfax, Virginia, 22030-2215.