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Public input sought for sheriff's office accreditation

Posted: November 27, 2011 - 12:04am

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The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office is seeking renewal of its accreditation and wants public feedback.

Assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. are arriving Dec. 3 to examine the sheriff’s office polices, procedures, management, operations and support services.

“Accreditation is just showing that we are using the best practices in law enforcement,” said sheriff’s office accreditation manager Andrea Jones. “It protects the citizens. It protects our personnel, and it protects the agency.”

As part of the process, done every three years, employees and residents are asked to attend a public meeting to give input about the sheriff’s office’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. A copy of the standards manual is available at the sheriff’s office, 2273 County Camp Road, Appling.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 5 inside judge’s conference room 1090 at the Evans Justice Center at 640 Ronald Reagan Drive.

Residents also can call to leave comments (706) 541-4060 between 9-11 a.m. Dec. 5.

All comments are limited to 10 minutes.

Written comments also may be sent to Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA, 20155.

“This is their opportunity to let us know how we can do any better,” Jones said.

During their on-site evaluation, the team of assessors will review written materials, conduct interviews and visit offices and other areas. The team is made up of those in law enforcement from similar, but out-of-state agencies.

Once finished, the full commission will review the report to decide if the sheriff’s office should be re-accredited. The sheriff’s office last was re-accredited in 2008.

The sheriff’s office communication’s center and detention center undergo separate accreditations, Jones said.

For information, call Jones at (706) 541-8498.

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Craig Spinks


We're lucky to have a sheriff whom criminals fear but who himself fears no one.

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Georgians for Educational Excellence


Going Against My Skepticism

It usually serves no good to the public to be one who plays the sycophant and I usually guard against passing out accolades, but Columbia County certainly does have an excellent Sheriff's Office by any objective standard. I have nothing but compliments for their professionalism. Of course, it's like the school system in many ways because it reflects the values of the community. It's easy to look good with our demographics. In any case, they do look good.