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Conyers Police withdraws from state recertification process

CONYERS — City officials announced Friday the Conyers Police Department has pulled out of its recertification process this year due to deficiencies cited in a review done by the accreditation agency.

In a written statement, Conyers officials said they would not seek recertification of the department with Georgia Law Enforcement Certification established by the The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.

The announcement stemmed from a Jan. 27 report by the Georgia Police Accreditation Coalition. The organization assists law enforcement agencies in their accreditation process and provides technical assistance to agencies in all phases of accreditation and certification.

GPAC also conducts mock, onsite assessments in preparation of certification from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, according to the group's Web site.

The CPD withdrew from the state certification process "in order to address and correct deficiencies cited in the report," according to the statement.

The statement did not state specific areas of concern that was documented by GPAC.

The Police Department will work diligently over the next year to correct deficiencies cited in the review and seek recertification in 2011, according to the statement.

Conyers Mayor Randy Mills said in the written statement that "individuals responsible for not achieving recertification will be held accountable in this matter."

"We are extremely disappointed that the Conyers Police Department has not achieved recertification," Mills said in the written statement.

"State certification is a voluntary achievement and professional affiliation and in no way impacts service delivery or the police department's authority in law enforcement matters.

Agencies seeking recertification must meet or exceed some 118 standards that are encapsulated within the six certification steps — application, policy development, assessment, joint committee review, awards ceremony and monitoring compliance — in order to gain recertification, according to the statement.

The Conyers Police Department originally earned certification in 2002 and was recertified in 2007 prior to this year's review.

The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police currently has 93 agencies listed as being stat accredited, including the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office and the Covington Police Department, according to the Association's Web site.