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March 12, 2014ALPHARETTA, Ga. The Alpharetta Department of Public Safety will host a team of law enforcement professionals from around the country who will assess all aspects of the department's police operations and management.
Members of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) are making the weeklong visit in March as part of a periodic process to determine if the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety meets the commission's state-of-the-art standards to renew its national accreditation.
"The CALEA accreditation is a highly prized recognition of professional excellence in law enforcement," said Alpharetta Public Safety Director Gary George. "As our department attempts to renew its national accreditation for another three-year period, I appreciate the support of our city leaders and the public we serve."
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, who will then decide if the agency is to be re-accredited.
The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar out-of-state agencies, who will lead the assessment of the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety's police operations.
"The city of Alpharetta's public safety professionals continually provide superior services to our community," said Alpharetta Councilmember D.C. Aiken, who serves as the City Council liaison to the Department of Public Safety. "I am confident the assessment team will be impressed with all aspects of our public safety operations."
As part of the on-site assessment, a public information and comment session will be held on Tuesday, March 25 beginning at 5 p.m. at the Alpharetta Public Safety headquarters building located at 2565 Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta. During this session, Alpharetta residents and other interested individuals will be encouraged to share their thoughts and opinions on public safety issues and the service provided by Alpharetta's public safety professionals. Those who cannot attend the session but would like to provide comment may do so via telephone on Tuesday, March 25 between 1 and 3 p.m. by calling 678-297-6352. Written comments may also be submitted to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Va. 22030-2215.
For more information regarding CALEA, the 480 professional standards or the assessment process, visit www.calea.org.
Editor, Milton Herald