From the Athens-Clarke County Police Dept...
The Athens-Clarke County Police Department will host its ninth on-site
assessment by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies,
Inc. (CALEA) March 26-29, 2018. The CALEA assessors conducting the review will
examine all aspects of the Department, including its policies, procedures,
management and operations, to verify it meets CALEA’s high standards for public
safety law enforcement and remains committed to professional excellence.
As part of the on-site assessment, members of the public are encouraged
to contact CALEA with any comments about the Police Department’s quality of
service and/or its ability to meet CALEA law enforcement standards. These
standards may be viewed at Police Department headquarters at 3035 Lexington
Public comments about the Athens-Clarke County Police Department
may be submitted in writing and mailed directly to CALEA at 13575 Heathcote
Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155; by telephone during the on-site
assessment; or during a public information session with CALEA assessors.
Telephone calls to 706-613-3888, Extension 319, will be answered by an on-site
assessor on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, between the hours of 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Comments made by telephone are limited to ten (10) minutes and must address
the performance of the Police Department. The public information session will
be conducted by both on-site assessors on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 in the
Commission Chambers of City Hall (301 College Avenue, Room 205). Comments
made in writing, by telephone, or in person will be reviewed by the CALEA
Commission, in addition to the results of all standards compliance inspections
and interviews, during the July 25-28, 2018 CALEA Conference in Grand Rapids,
“The Police Department is committed to providing the citizens and
visitors of Athens-Clarke County the highest quality law enforcement service,”
said Police Chief R. Scott Freeman, Ph.D. “Our voluntary participation in the
CALEA accreditation process, which includes annual reviews and a four-year
audit to ensure our continued compliance with CALEA standards, is one of many
ways we demonstrate our commitment to excellence. Our Police Department
employees are well trained, professional and ready to assist with any public
safety emergency, and we are proud of their contributions to our community.”
The Athens-Clarke County Police Department earned its initial CALEA
accreditation in 1987. Re-accreditation will be for four years during which the
Police Department’s leadership must submit annual reports and files for review
to demonstrate continued compliance with those standards under which it was
For information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law
Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote
Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155; visit them on the Web at
www.calea.org; or call 1-703-352-4225.