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Yes, the ACCPD takes the wellness of our officers and staff very seriously. In addition to the County’s Employee Assistance Program, ACCPD uses an Early Intervention Program designed to take a proactive, non-disciplinary approach to positively influence employees’ conduct and performance. By applying professionally accepted intervention strategies at an early stage, it is intended that the value of each employee be properly recognized and that his or her professional career be preserved and service as a county employee be retained. One aspect of the Early Intervention Program is the Early Warning Alert System that automatically generates alerts to notify supervisors and commanders that an employee’s performance may need to be reviewed. Supervisors are also encouraged to monitor their employee’s for any concerning behaviors or conduct and recommend or refer employees to seek out assistance. ACCPD also has employees trained as peer counselors through the Georgia Department of Public Safety’s Office of Public Safety Support and requires any employee who has been through a critical incident to participate in a Critical Incident Stress Debrief through this program.
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ACCPD is accountable to the community in a variety of ways, to include the following:
Yes. Unless it would jeopardize an investigation or hinder a police function, ACCPD Directive 1.04.03 (M) requires officers, non-sworn employees, and volunteers who are engaged in Department-related activities to identify themselves when asked by a citizen. Depending on their specific assignment, the employee may provide their name, badge number, or Department-issued photo identification. A business card is also an appropriate means to provide identifying information. Officers who are operating in an undercover capacity or whose specific assignment, duty, investigation, or personal safety would be compromised are not required to identify themselves.
Yes. It is ACCPD policy (Directive 3.05) to equip its officers with body-worn cameras and that officers will use body-worn cameras to record their interactions with the public. Body-worn camera videos are retained in compliance with applicable Georgia Record Retention Schedules for local governments. Upon request, ACCPD makes copies of its body-worn camera videos available to the public in compliance with the Georgia Open Records Act.
Additionally, supervisors are required to conduct monthly inspections of randomly selected body-worn camera videos for officers within their chains of command to assess officers’ performance and ensure compliance with department policies, standards, and training.
Yes. ACCPD records are open for public inspection. Our Department values transparency and strives to produce all available records in compliance with the Georgia Open Records Act. However, not all records are subject to being released, and the time necessary for us to produce records may vary depending on the nature of the request and current workloads. Some records related to ongoing investigations, personal information of individuals, or other sensitive/confidential material are exempt or prohibited from release to the public. Please note that Georgia Law (O.C.G.A. 50-18-71) permits public agencies up to 90 business days to fulfill open records requests.
You may submit an Open Records Request through our Records Management Unit by delivering a written request in person or by mail at the Athens-Clarke County Police Department, Open Records Officer, 3035 Lexington Road, Athens, GA 30605 or by mail to P.O. Box 1868, Athens, GA 30603. You may also email a completed Open Records Form to our Open Records Officer.
If you have any additional questions concerning open records, please contact our Open Records Officer by email or by phone at 762-400-7129.
ACCPD provides oversight and accountability by monitoring officers’ conduct and performance in a variety of ways, to include the following: