DRBA Police Administrator Appointed CALEA Commissioner
Colonel Richard Arroyo’s Appointment Effective January 1, 2019
New Castle, Del. – Today, Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) officials announced that the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), the Gold Standard in Public Safety Accreditation, has appointed DRBA police administrator, Colonel Richard Arroyo, to serve as a Commissioner on CALEA’s governing body. His appointment is effective January 1, 2019.
“It’s an honor and privilege to be able to serve as CALEA Commissioner,” Arroyo said. “The CALEA program provides public safety agencies an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet an established set of professional standards based on industry best practices. Working with my fellow Commissioners and CALEA staff, I hope to use my experience and knowledge to make positive contributions to further the organization’s mission and goals.”
Colonel Richard Arroyo currently serves as the chief executive officer for the Delaware River and Bay Authority Police Department, a position he has held since 2013. Previously he was employed as the Director of the New Jersey State Park Police for five years and also served with the New Jersey State Police, retiring as Lt. Colonel following service from 1982 until 2008. He began his law enforcement career in 1974, as a patrolman for the Galloway Twp. (NJ) Police Department. He holds a Master of Science in Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University and he is a graduate of Northwestern University – School of Police Staff and Command. He honorably served as a member of the United States Navy – Aviation from 1971 to 1974.
The DRBA Police Department was first accredited by CALEA in 1996, and has since maintained its accredited status. The last seven (7) accreditations were met with a 100% compliance rating. All agencies participating in the CALEA process are required to submit an annual report to CALEA and were inspected once every three (3) years to ensure compliance with CALEA standards. The new standard requires an on-site assessment every four (4) years, with comprehensive additional reports submitted annually.
Joining Colonel Arroyo as a newly appointed Commissioner is Sheriff Kevin J. Joyce who currently serves as the chief executive officer for the Cumberland County (ME) Sheriff’s Office, a position he has held since 2011. Reappointed Commissioners include Chief (ret.) Barry Rountree, Winston-Salem (NC) Police Department; Vice President for Global Campus Safety Marlon Lynch, New York University; Honorable Cynthia Armour-Coyne, Rhode Island State Senate; Chief (ret.) Bartram Connelly, Cape Coral (FL) Police Department; and Dr. Joseph Schafer, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
CALEA Commissioners serve a three year term. The 21 member, all-volunteer Commission is comprised of 11 law enforcement professionals and 10 representatives from the public and private sectors.
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA®) was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement's major executive associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriffs' Association (NSA); and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). The purpose of CALEA’s Accreditation Programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence.
Specifically, CALEA’s goals are to: Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities; Formalize essential management procedures; Establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices; Improve service delivery; Solidify interagency cooperation and coordination; and Increase community and staff confidence in the agency. The CALEA Accreditation Process is a proven modern management model; once implemented, it presents the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), on a continuing basis, with a blueprint that promotes the efficient use of resources and improves service delivery—regardless of the size, geographic location, or functional responsibilities of the agency.
About the Delaware River and Bay Authority
The DRBA, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, and the Forts Ferry Crossing. The DRBA also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All DRBA operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities. For more information, visit www.drba.net.
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