Accreditations & Certifications

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)

Accreditation is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence, and competence. It requires written directives and training to inform employees about policies and practices; facilities and equipment to ensure employee safety; and processes to safeguard employee rights. The community and police department can take pride in their department, knowing it represents the very best in law enforcement.

Accreditation embodies the precepts of community-oriented policing. It creates a forum in which police and citizens work together to prevent and control crime. This partnership helps citizens understand the challenges confronting law enforcement and gives law enforcement clear direction about community expectations.

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department was the 43rd in the nation to be nationally accredited by CALEA. We have been accredited eight times. This symbolizes our professional approach to police services. Read our most recent CALEA Assessment Report.

State of Georgia Agency Certification

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department was the first in the State of Georgia to be certified. This, too, symbolizes our commitment to being a professional organization filled with quality-oriented police services providers. View our most recent On-Site Assessment.


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