911 Center seeks renewal from law panel

COVINGTON - The Covington-Newton County 911 Center is seeking reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc.

The commission will visit the 911 Center on Aug. 22 to examine its operations, management, policies and procedures and support services.

The center must comply with 218 standards in order to maintain its accredited status, according to a press release issued by 911 Center Director Mike Smith.

The center first attained accreditation in 2006.

Accreditation lasts for three years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with standards.

As part of the reaccreditation process, agency personnel and the public will have the opportunity to give comments to the assessment team by calling 678-342-8792 between the hours of 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 24. Telephone comments should be limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA's standards. The local contact for CALEA information is Crystal Cummings, accreditation manager for the Covington-Newton County 911 Communications Center.

Those who would prefer to offer written comments should write to Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc.; 10306 Eaton Place; Suite 100; Fairfax, VA; 22030-2201.