Public feedback of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center is being sought from the community as part of the agency’s accreditation process.
Assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. will remain in town until Wednesday evaluating the Communications Center, which houses the 911 dispatchers at the sheriff’s office in Appling. The assessors have reviewed files and will be visiting the center and talking with dispatchers and other staff.
This type of assessment is done every three years.
“It’s all voluntary,” sheriff’s office Accreditation Manager Sgt. Dennis Mack said. “(It’s) for the public to have faith in the sheriff’s office.
The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office earned the Triple Crown with separate accreditations for the sheriff’s office, Communications Center and Columbia County Detention Center.
“It’s important,” Mack said. “It shows what we’re doing what we’re expected to do. We meet the standards. ... We’re going above and beyond what the average sheriff office or law enforcement agency does.”
The public is invited to share comments by phone from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday by calling (706) 541-2839. The calls, which are limited to 10 minutes, will be taken by the assessment team and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards.
Anyone wishing to submit written comments may send them to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155-6693.
The sheriff’s office became accredited in 1996.
The Communications Center earned its first accreditation in 2004, Mack said, and must meet more than 200 standards to maintain its status.