The purpose of this portal is to receive public comments regarding the Athens-Clarke County Police Department's compliance with CALEA standards, engagement in the service community, delivery of public safety services, and overall candidacy for accredited status. Your comments can be in the form of commendations or concerns. The overall intent of the accreditation process is to provide Athens-Clarke County Police Department with information to support continuous improvement and foster the pursuit of professional excellence. This Public Portal Comment Section works to further that objective. Per CALEA Law Enforcement standard 45.2.3 and CALEA Communications standard 2.6.8, this portal will be open and available for public comments. Thank you for your participation and continued support.
State of Georgia Agency Certification
The Athens-Clarke County Police Department was the first in Georgia to be certified by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. This, too, symbolizes our commitment to being a professional organization filled with quality-oriented police service providers. View our most recent On-Site Assessment.
Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)
Accreditation is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence, and competence. It requires written directives and training to inform employees about policies and practices; facilities and equipment to ensure employee safety; and processes to safeguard employee rights. The community and police department can take pride in their department, knowing it represents the best in law enforcement.
Accreditation embodies the precepts of community-oriented policing. It creates a forum where police and citizens work together to prevent and control crime. This partnership helps citizens understand law enforcement challenges and gives law enforcement clear direction about community expectations.
The Athens-Clarke County Police Department was the 43rd in the nation to be nationally accredited by CALEA. We have been accredited eight times. This symbolizes our professional approach to police services. Read our most recent CALEA Assessment Report.