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Public comment sought on 911 center

COVINGTON -- A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive on Aug. 20 to examine all aspects of the Covington-Newton County 911 Communications Center's policies and procedures, management, operations and support services.

Verification by the team that the Covington-Newton County 911 Communications Center meets the Commission's standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation, a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence. The Communications Center received initial accreditation in 2006.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to provide comments to the assessment team by calling 678-342-8792 on Aug. 22 between the hours of 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA's standards. Local contact for CALEA information is Melissa Rickman, Accreditation Manager for Covington-Newton County 911 Communications Center.

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Covington-Newton County 911 Communications Center's ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Va. 20155.

The Covington-Newton County 911 Communications Center has to comply with 218 applicable standards in order to maintain its accredited status. Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. please write the Commission at, 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Va. 20155.