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Covington Police invites public comment to accreditation assessment team

COVINGTON -- A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive on April 29 to examine all aspect of the Covington Police Department's policies and procedures, management, operations and support services, according to a printed release from Chief Stacey Cotton.

"Verification by the team that the Covington Police Department meets the Commission's state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation -- a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence," Cotton said. "In 1985 the department was the first agency in Georgia and the 10th in the nation to be accredited. Accreditation is now an international program with agencies from Canada to Mexico being accredited."

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday, April 30, at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Courtroom located in the police department building at 1143 Oak St.

If an individual cannot speak at the public session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he or she may do so via telephone by calling 678-625-5544 on April 30 between the hours of 1-3 p.m. The phone line will be in the assessors' work area, unscreened and unrecorded.

Public comments and telephone comments will be limited to no more than 10 minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA standards. A copy of the standards is available at the police department by contacting Sgt. Chuck Groover at 770-385-2199.

Those wishing to offer written comments about the CPD's ability to meet the standards for reaccreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Va. 20155.