Stallings adopts CALEA policies, changes ways of tracking stats
The town of Stallings adopted new policies for its police department Jan. 14, voting to adopt a proposal put forth by new chief Michael Dummett. The new policies will bring the department in line with standards determined by the Commission for Accreditation for Law Enforcement, the top guidelines in the country.
The new policies fine tune the details needed to run day to day operations, Dummett said.
“(The policy states) when you stop a car, you walk up on it (a certain) way, you keep your gun hand away from the suspect, things like that,” Dummett said.
Agencies that adopt CALEA standards have to maintain compliance with the rules, while keeping proof of that compliance up to date. Traditionally, it takes several months to get all the information together for CALEA certification. Dummett cut through the red tape however, taking advantage of the fact that Salisbury, where he previously worked, had already gone through the process.
“Salisbury just got recredited for the seventh time,” Dummett said. “I had a good working relationship with the chief, so when I left, I asked him if I could take these policies with me (and) he said yes.”
Dummett estimates the value of the policies at over a million dollars, due to the research and development costs the town saved. That includes hiring consultants, bringing in CALEA people and paying for their stay in town.
“I’ve read through (the policies) and everything is consistant with what I’m familiar with,” council member Reed Esarove, a former cop, said.
In addition to the new policies, Dummett also made the switch over to some new call tracking software, changing from Southern software to OSSI.
“I want efficiency, something clear cut,” Dummett said, mentioning he had heard part of the discussion earlier this year was in regards to problems determining the number of calls and other detailed breakdowns. He warned the council with that switch will also come an increase in the budget, because the OSSI licenses cost more than Southern, an estimated $1100 more.
While the town can use the county’s software, the department needed a data program for some areas the sheriff’s office doesn’t handle, such as traffic.
Mayor endorses chief
Mayor Lynda Paxton also took the meeting to publicly express her support for Dummet.
“I spent some time over the last few weeks with very candid conversations with the chief,” Paxton said. “He’s experience, he has a lot of good ideas I agree with and support. I believe we can forge a very strong partnership.
The policies will take effect immediately, while Dummett estimates it will take between 30 to 60 days to be operational with OSSI.