Police department seeking re-accreditation

The Columbus Police Department is seeking re-accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, and residents will have an opportunity to offer comments about the department’s ability to meet the standards at a public meeting.

The voluntary accreditation process is to recognize public safety professional excellence. Accreditation is for three years. A team of assessors from the commission will arrive in Columbus Aug. 8 to examine the departments, policies, procedures and aspects of its operations. Columbus Police Department must meet 189 standards to be an accredited agency, according to a news release.

Agency personnel and community members can offer comments at 7 p.m. Aug. 9 in the Council Chambers at Columbus City Hall, 123 Washington St.

Individuals who are unable to speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team may do so by telephone. The public may call 812-376-2625 from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 9.

Input shared in person or by phone is limited to 10 minutes.

Anyone who wants to offer written comments about the department’s ability to meet the standards should send a letter to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

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Kirk Johannesen is assistant managing editor of The Republic. He can be reached at johannesen@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5639.