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FORSYTH COUNTY, GA. , AUG. 1, 2012 – A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), will arrive August 5, 2012 to examine all aspects of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Sheriff Ted Paxton announced today.
Verification by the team that the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain re-accreditation – a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, he said.
As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session Monday, August 6, 2012 at 7 p.m. The session will be conducted in the Board of Commissioner’s Auditorium at the Forsyth County Administration Building located at 110 East Main Street, Cumming, Ga.
If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session, but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. The public may also call 770-781-2116 on Monday, August 6, 2012 between the hours of 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Telephone comments, as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards is available at the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, 475 Tribble Gap Rd., Suite 301, Cumming, Ga. Local contact is Mr. Jim Lockwood, 770-781-2239.
Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA. 20155.
“The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office has to comply with 480 standards in order to obtain re-accredited status,” Sheriff Ted Paxton said.
The Accreditation Program Manager for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office is Mr. Jim Lockwood. He said the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed. The assessors are: Mr. Randall Cripe of the Elkhart County Indiana Sheriff’s Department and Master Sgt. Randy Scott of the Oklahoma City Police Department. Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted re-accredited status, Mr. Lockwood stated.
Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.
For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. please visit www.calea.org or write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA. 20155 or call 703-352-4225.