Chief Joseph H. Lumpkin Sr. announced that on July 31, 2010, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) awarded the Athens-Clarke County Police Department’s Communications Center Division its initial Public Safety Accreditation. Chief Lumpkin congratulated and commended all Central Communications personnel for their demonstrated professionalism that was evident during the accreditation process and awarding of full accreditation status. The Communications Division was re-accredited by CALEA in 2013 and is currently preparing for its first Gold Standard Assessment in 2016.
Captain Keith Kelley and Accreditation Coordinator Sara Ivy have been cited by Chief Lumpkin for their explicit and noteworthy leadership throughout these demanding accomplishments. The CALEA Public Safety Accreditation award demonstrates the 9-1-1 Communications Center of Athens-Clarke County has successfully met a body of 200 internationally recognized professional standards offered by CALEA that are specific to public safety credentialing. This Public Safety Communications Accreditation is in addition to the Athens-Clarke County Police Department’s Law Enforcement Accreditation, which was initially accomplished in 1987 by the Clarke County Police Department.
CALEA was established as an independent accrediting authority in 1979 by the four major law enforcement executive associations: the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), National Sheriffs' Association (NSA), and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).
CALEA’s mission is to establish a body of standards designed to increase agency effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of public safety services. For additional information regarding this accomplishment and CALEA accreditation, please contact 9-1-1 Communications Administrator Keith Kelley at 706-613-3888 ext. 325 or Accreditation Coordinator Sara Ivy at 706-613-3888 ext. 544.