Public invited to assess Columbia County Sheriff's Office

APPLING, GA (WFXG) - A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive December 1, 2013 to examine all aspects of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office Communications Center's policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services to verify that the agency continues to meet the Commission's state-of-the-art standards.

The voluntary process of accreditation is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence. The accreditation cycle covers a three year period, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards. At the end of that three year period, the agency will seek re-accreditation. The agency has to comply with all mandatory and 80% of non-mandatory  standards in  order to  remain accredited.  The assessors are law enforcement and/or public safety personnel from out-of-state agencies. 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 agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be re-accredited.

Agency personnel and the public are invited to offer comments by calling (706)541-2839 on Monday, December 2, 2013 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Those comments will be taken by the Assessment Team.  Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency's ability to comply with CALEA's standards.  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 20155-6693.

A copy of the standards is available at the Sheriff's Office in Appling.  Local contact is Accreditation Manager Sergeant Dennis Mack, at (706) 541-8498.