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Post Date:11/14/2016

The Suwanee Police Department recently attained re-accreditation with excellence from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Police Chief Mike Jones and other agency representatives were awarded the agency's re-accreditation at the CALEA conference in Charleston, SC on November 5, 2016.

"I am extremely proud for the department to be re-accredited with excellence by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies," said Chief Jones. "CALEA accreditation represents a significant professional achievement and is confirmation that the Suwanee Police Department practices are consistent with progressive professional standards. This accreditation validates the high standards we hold our personnel to and is aligned with national guidelines." 

CALEA assessors spent several days evaluating the department in June, examining all aspects of Suwanee Police policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services. Verification by an outside assessment team is part of a voluntary process, confirming that the Suwanee Police Department meets the CALEA commission's state-of-the-art standards. Accreditation is a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence.

Newport News, VA Assistant Police Chief Stacy Kelly, team leader of the assessment team said in his report, "The Suwanee Police Department is an extremely professional organization and they should serve as an example for other law enforcement agencies across the country".

An accreditation cycle is three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited. The CALEA Commission awarded the reaccreditation with excellence status by complying with all applicable mandatory standards and at least 90 percent of the non-mandatory standards.

"The Suwanee Police Department has to comply with over 400 applicable standards in order to gain accredited status," said Jones.  "CALEA accreditation is the benchmark for the professional standards a law enforcement agency needs to meet today."

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