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Albany police meet GACP certification standards

ALBANY — A team of assessors conducted an extensive review of the Albany Police Department’s policies and procedures last week that will lead to certification.

“At the conclusion of their visit, the team determined the department was in full compliance with 116 standards,” a police press release stated. “The standards are set by the Agency Certification Program of the Georgia Association Chiefs of Police.”

Plans call for the report from the assessors to go to a review committee on Oct. 13, said Frank Rotondo, executive director of the chiefs association.

“Generally, when good reports come in they are seen by the committee and certified,” Rotondo said. “It is not automatic. But I can say with confidence that the Albany Police Department will be certified.”

Rotondo went on to say that the APD has shown great improvement in the past couple of years in the standards and procedures measured.

“Under Chief Proctor, we have seen a lot of improvement,” Rotondo said. “Proctor is good for the police department and the city of Albany.”

According to the organization’s website gachiefs.com, certification by the program represents a significant professional achievement. This is not lost on Proctor.

“This helps with our professional standing and our bonding rates,” Proctor said. “It is an honor to be certified. We will be applying for national certification in 2012.”