North Carolina League of Municipalities Risk Review
In August 2021, the Town of Fuquay-Varina Board of Commissioners requested that the Fuquay-Varina Police Department begin a comprehensive review of high liability policies and procedures that were currently in place. The purpose of this review was to assist the department in evaluating its law enforcement services based on benchmarks, accountability, industry best practices, and professionalism. The process started under the leadership of retired Police Chief Laura Fahnestock, and was completed under the leadership of Police Chief Brandon Medina.
Over the course of the next two years, the department reviewed, updated, and created policies and procedures to address 39 specific categories in areas of Administration and Operations. Each category contained specific criteria which the agency had to meet in order to show proficiency. If the agency did not meet that criterion, the agency would not pass that specific category. In order to pass the review, the agency had to show successful completion in each category.
In October 2022, the North Carolina League of Municipalities was contacted and informed that the agency had completed all the revisions, updates, and policy creations, and we were ready for an on-site review. The on-site review included: departmental operations review, training file validations, officer field operations review, critical personal interviews, property and assets review and survey, building safety and security, patrol vehicle safety inspection and inspection of safety equipment, and any other needed policy-practice validation.
On February 21, 2023, Mr. Matthew Selves presented the results of the North Carolina League of Municipalities Law Enforcement Risk Review to the Town of Fuquay-Varina Board of Commissioners. Mr. Selves stated, "The Fuquay-Varina Police Department has successfully completed the Law Enforcement Risk Review process. The Chief, the command staff, and the department's officers prioritized this initiative. They were very proactive and involved during the whole process. I want to thank Chief Medina, Lt. MacDonald, and the department's command staff for their leadership and their willingness to participate in this very important initiative. They were very open and transparent during the whole process."
Police Chief Brandon Medina stated, "We are proud to be among the law enforcement agencies who continuously strive to provide efficient, effective, and professional law enforcement service as we maintain our core values of Fairness, Vigilance, Professionalism, and Dedication. The completion of the risk review is the first step toward accreditation, either through North Carolina Law Enforcement Accreditation or through The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)."
The link to the full report provided to the Town of Fuquay-Varina by the North Carolina League of Municipalities can be found at the link below: