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Accreditation team welcomes public comment

Posted: November 8, 2017 - 3:14am

The public is welcome and invited to attend an information session later this month as part of an accreditation process for the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. is expected to examine all aspects of the Columbia County Sheriffs Office and Communications Center policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Monday, Nov. 27.

The voluntary verification process to gain accreditation ensures the Columbia County Sheriff's Office continues to meet the Commission's state-of-the-art standards and is a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence, according to a news release from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.

The accreditation cycle covers a three year period, during which the agency must submit annual reports showing continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

At the end of that three year period, the agency will seek reaccreditation.

Assessors include law enforcement and/or public safety personnel from out-of-state agencies, and will determine if the sheriff's office has complied with mandatory and at least 80 percent of non-mandatory standards, before granting reaccreditation.

The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed. Once the assessors complete their review of the sheriff's office, they will send a written report to the Commission, recommending reaccreditation.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session to be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 28. The session will be conducted in the Judge's Conference Room 1090 in the Evans' Justice Center on Ronald Reagan Drive.

Agency personnel and the public are also invited to offer comments by calling (706) 541-2839 between the hours o f 10 a.m. and noon, Tuesday, Nov. 28.

Telephone comments, as well as appearances at the public information session, are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA' s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Sheriff's Office in Appling. Local contact is Accreditation Manager Sergeant Krista Johnson at (706) 541-8498.

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. For more information regarding CALEA, write to the commission or call (703) 352-4225 or email calea@calea.org.

 

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