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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 10, 2005

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Judicial Marshal Academy Granted Accredited Status

The Connecticut Judicial Branch is pleased to announce that the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) has granted accredited status to the Branch’s Judicial Marshal Academy. The accreditation was awarded under the Commission’s Public Safety Training Academy Accreditation (PSTAA) program, after a sub-committee hearing and vote by the full twenty-one member Commission on July 30, 2005 in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Judicial Marshal Academy is one of five such accredited academies in the United States, and currently the only CALEA accredited public safety training academy in Connecticut. “The multi-year effort to attain accreditation from CALEA for the Judicial Marshal Academy represents the Connecticut Judicial Branch's commitment to implement the highest standards for personnel training,” said Judge Joseph H. Pellegrino, Chief Court Administrator.

Independent assessors appointed by CALEA conducted an on-site review of the Judicial Marshal Academy this past April. The assessors – David R. Hobson of the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training and Robin D. Geis, the former Chief of the Dublin, Ohio, Division of Police - examined all aspects of the academy’s policies, procedures, management, operations, and support services.

“The CALEA assessors presented a favorable report to the Commission after their April assessment and recommended that the Academy be accredited at the Commission’s July meeting,” said Joseph D. D’Alesio, Executive Director of Superior Court Operations, who oversees the operation of the academy.

The academy had to comply with 182 standards in order to gain the initial accreditation, which lasts three years.

The Judicial Marshal Academy was created after the abolishment of the former county sheriff system in 2000 and the subsequent creation of Judicial Marshals by the Legislature. Judicial Marshals, who are employees of the Connecticut Judicial Branch, have peace officer status when performing their duties, which include courthouse security and prisoner transportation for all state courts in Connecticut. There are approximately 800 Judicial Marshals.

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