Public invited to comment on Columbus Police Department during reaccreditation process

tstevens@ledger-enquirer.comAugust 12, 2013 

Columbus residents are invited to offer comment on the Columbus Police Department's performance Tuesday afternoon during a public information session, held as part of the department's reaccreditation process.

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., is performing an on-site assessment of the department this week, according to a press release from the Columbus Police Department.

The Commission will measure whether Columbus Police comply with nationally accepted standards in four basic areas: policy and procedure, administration, operations and support services.

Police Lt. Robert Garrett said the Commission started their inspection Sunday and will complete it on Wednesday. An accreditation check is performed for the department every three years.

"The accreditation affects areas such as vehicular pursuits, necessary use of force, hiring practices and training procedures," Garrett said. "It touches everyone in this building."

A public information session will be held in the Community Room of the Public Safety Building on 10th Street at 4 p.m., Tuesday. During the session, employees and members of the community may offer comment about the agency.

Public comment will also be accepted between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Tuesday, by phone. Interested parties may call 706 225 4459 to participate. Those who wish to submit their concerns in writing can address their comment to the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Gainesville, VA., 20155.

Any comments given cannot exceed 10 minutes and must address the department's ability to meet standards in the four areas listed above.

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