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Norcross Police up for accreditation

NORCROSS -- A team of assessors from the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies will arrive Dec. 11 in Norcross to examine the police department's policies, procedures, management, operations and support services, chief Warren Summers announced this week.

Verification by the team is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation, which is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, Summers said.

As part of the assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 12 at the city of Norcross Council Chambers, 65 Lawrenceville Street, Norcross.

Comments may also be made by telephone between 1 and 3 p.m. on Dec. 12 by calling 678-421-2006. Written comments also will be accepted, which can be sent to Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Inc., 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320 Gainesville, Va., 20155.

The Norcross Police Department must comply with 490 standards in order to gain accredited status. Summers said "CALEA accreditation is a statement to the community that your agency is committed to professional law enforcement.

Accreditation is for three years, during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with the standards.

For more information regarding the CALEA, call 703 352-4225.