CPD Seeks Re-accreditation; Assessors Say Bold Move

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 11/20/2012 2:49 pm
The Chattanooga Police Department is being put to the test so-to-speak, but not in the way you might be thinking.

They asked a team of assessors to come in and look at how they are complying with some standards, 480 of them to be exact.

Dennis Nelson, an assessor, says, "This is not an easy process, it is a very difficult process."

It is a process that takes at least four days.

The team comes in and does not so much look at files.

Patricia Garrison, another assessor, adds, "Instead of looking file by file, I'm looking at what is your fiscal management, what are your personnel policies, how do you do recruitment, how do you satisfy this."

They are steps that need to be taken in order to be re-accredited every three years, but we asked what's in it for the police department?

Garrison says, "They want to demonstrate to their citizens that they are in compliance with nationally adhered to standards, and I think they want to demonstrate excellence."

So far, the assessors say they do not see any red flags.

Nelson adds, "Everything is looking really good. The department is, from our observation so far, appears to be very professional, very involved. We're impressed with what we're seeing."

Part of the accreditation process involves holding a public forum.

Monday night residents got the chance to tell the assessors exactly what they thought about the police department.

Jay Hopkins, a resident, says, "They have provided a human face to an organization that we normally only see from a distance."

United States Attorney Bill Killian, and other law enforcement agencies, also spoke highly of these men and women in blue.

It is feedback that is needed these assessors say, in order to keep this agency accredited, like they have been since 2001.

Now, you can still give the assessors your feedback, but you only have until Wednesday.

Just go to their website www.calea.org

The Chattanooga Police department should know if they got re-accredited in March.
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