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The Colonial Beach Police Department (CBPD) is requesting additional funding for its accreditation specialist, Monroe Bryant.
Bryant, formerly an accreditation specialist for Alexandria, came out of retirement four years ago to help CBPD achieve accreditation.
“Bryant has been working with the police department for over four years now. He has been very instrumental in the initial accreditation and the maintenance of it,” CBPD Chief William Seay told Town Council. “In 2014, we are on target to meet our first re-accreditation. We’ve run into a time crunch and the need for more funding to allow him more time to work on the steps needed to maintain the status.”
Chief Seay said, “We have between now and March of 2014 to take care of all this business. It’s virtually impossible for Bryant to do all the work needed when he is only working Thursday and Friday.”
Bryant explained to the council that the accreditation process involves 186 files that the town and police department have to prove compliance with. Within those files, there are subcategories.
“There are really 562 individual standards we have to say we have a policy for, and we perform those standards for each year,” he said.
Bryant explained that accreditation lasts for four years, “However, we have to prove each year we are conforming to the standards set by the accreditation.”
CBPD had a mock assessment June 27.
“Of the 186 files that they looked at, they returned 95. That’s about 48 percent,” Bryant said. “Some of those, in my opinion, are incorrect. We were right, they were wrong. But when you have six people looking at something, sometimes they see things differently than I would see it. So I go to the man in charge, Mr. Dillan. He has ruled on a couple of things he said were wrong, but I say were right.”
Bryant said, “It will probably involve a couple more amendments on policies we have.” He said that he has been working with Joan Grant on some proofs concerning money issues that they have, but Bryant did not elaborate on those issues.
The work needs to be completed before November, when realistically, CBPD will have their next assessment, Bryant said. Working only two days a week will not allow him to complete the work in time.
Although Bryant would rather be retired, he is committed to seeing the accreditation process through and is asking for funding to work two more days a week until the work is complete. Bryant said he will evaluate in three months to see how far the progress has come. And at that time, if the extra days are no longer needed, he will cut back to two days a week. Bryant is confident three months is all that is needed.
Although the cost for the three months is only $3,240, Bryant heard some concerns from Council Members Linda Brubaker and Wanda Goforth.
Brubaker supports his work and is impressed by it, but said, “Four days (a week), in our current budget, I personally have no problem with.” However she asked if there was another officer who already works that could help him.
Goforth, who also commended him for his work and supports it, asked if the council had been responsible for the work falling behind.
“My question is how many hours does it take to maintain this? Were we slack before, in the hours we have given you?” she asked.
Bryant said he did not mean to demean anyone, but this is work he has to do.
“The fiscal impact for the three months is $3,240. I’m only paid $15 an hour. Many who do this charge between $100,000 and $200,000 a year.
Bryant said he will not abandon the job, but wants to retire. The amount it will cost when he leaves is hard for him to predict, but two days a week is not enough time for anyone to complete the job. Bryant said it took him 21 months to get the accreditation originally. Most of the job is now done, but it must be maintained by someone who is experienced in accreditation.
Councilman Gary Seeber and Town Manager Val Foulds reminded the group that accreditation and certifications, over the long term, save the town and police department money in areas of insurance and possible litigation.
The council did not make a decision on the matter during the work session.