Suwanee police asking for public input on national accreditation

SUWANEE -- The Suwanee Police Department is inviting comments from the general public during a Monday information session with an agency evaluating the department for national accreditation.

Assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies began its four-day evaluation of Suwanee's police department Saturday. As part of that process, a public session will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Suwanee City Hall Monday, giving residents the opportunity to weigh in.

Comments may also be provided by phone between 1 and 3 p.m. Monday by calling 770-904-7658.

Individual input is asked to be limited to 10 minutes and focused specifically on the department's ability to meet CALEA's accreditation standards, which can be obtained at the police department.

"The Suwanee Police Department has to comply with approximately 418 applicable standards in order to gain accredited status," Police Chief Mike Jones said. "CALEA accreditation is the benchmark for professional standards a law enforcement agency needs to meet today. Attaining national accreditation has been an important goal for us, and we are right on target."

The voluntary program awards national accreditation for three years. More information can be found at www.calea.org.