Suwanee Police Department reaccredited by national commission

SUWANEE — The Suwanee Police Department has earned national reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, receiving recognition, according to CALEA, for “demonstrating a commitment to professional excellence in policy and practice.”

Suwanee Police Chief Mike Jones accepted the accreditation award at the CALEA national conference in Winston-Salem, N.C., last week. This is Suwanee’s first reaccreditation, which can be harder to achieve than the original accreditation that Suwanee earned in 2010, Jones said.

“The first time you’re creating policies to meet CALEA’s more than 400 standards,” Jones said. “To get re-accredited, you have to prove that you’ve done what you said you would.”

The CALEA assessment team that visited Suwanee in August wrote in its final report that the Suwanee Police Department “provides a superior level of law enforcement services to the citizens of Suwanee and Gwinnett County. The agency’s accreditation program is one example of the agency’s level of professional excellence.”

CALEA accreditation is awarded for a three-year period.

“We are able to provide better services to the community because of the CALEA standards we are required to meet,” Jones said.