The community is invited to offer comments at a public information session at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, regarding the accreditation of the Garner Police Department. The session will be conducted in the Garner Chamber of Commerce, 401 Circle Drive.
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. will arrive Sunday, Nov. 3, to examine all aspects of the Garner Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations and support services.
Verification by the team that the Garner Police Department meets the Commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a highly prized recognition among law enforcement officers, stated Garner police Chief Brandon Zuidema.
The Accreditation Manager for the Garner Police Department is Dana Clay. The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.
Once the commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report back to the full commission, who will then determine if the agency is to be granted accredited status.
Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.
If you cannot attend the public input session, but would like to provide comments about the Garner police department call 919-773-4432 between 2 and 4 p.m. Nov. 4. An assessor will answer your call and collect your comments.