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APD gets state accreditation

Chief Woodrow Blue of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police presents Albany Police Chief John Proctor with a certificate recognizing the department achieving accreditation for the third straight year.

Chief Woodrow Blue of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police presents Albany Police Chief John Proctor with a certificate recognizing the department achieving accreditation for the third straight year.

ALBANY, Ga. — After months of work dotting its i’s and crossing its t’s, the Albany Police Department has — for the third straight year — joined the ranks of the departments in the state receiving accreditation from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.

The title sets the Albany department apart from the other 700 police agencies in the state, putting it among the top 100, Milledgeville Police Chief and GACP Board Member Woodrow Blue told commissioners Tuesday.

“By meeting the standards for accreditation, the department is showing others in the state that they are striving to be one of the top departments,” Blue said.

While Albany Police Chief John Proctor accepted the award Tuesday, he immediately passed the credit along to his staff, many of whom were present Tuesday.

“Through their hard work we continue to be among the top departments in the state,” Proctor said.

After the presentation, Proctor said the department will soon start working toward national accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, or CALEA — a rigorous program that combines the credential authority of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA); and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).

If accredited, the department will better positioned to apply for state and federal grant operations, help the organization and the city improve its bond and credit ratings and provide better customer service, Proctor said.