How does ACCPD stay accountable to the community?

ACCPD is accountable to the community in a variety of ways, to include the following:

  • As part of the ACC Unified Government’s operating structure, the Chief of Police reports directly to the County Manager, who reports to the ACC Commission and ACC Mayor.
  • ACCPD is currently working with the ACC Community Police Advisory Board Development Task Force and the County Manager’s Office to develop a Community Police Advisory Board.
  • ACCPD complies with Georgia’s Open Records Act. Our records are open to public inspection (with certain exemptions) and made available upon request.  We also post our policies, annual compliance reports, public notices of complaints, use-of-force data, and other information on our Transparency in Policing page. 
  • ACCPD regularly engages with citizens in a variety of non-enforcement patrol activities and special events.
  • A nationally accredited agency since 1987, ACCPD voluntarily meets the Gold Standard of accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), and our 9-1-1 Communications Center is nationally accredited through CALEA.  We also voluntarily meet all the standards required to receive state accreditation from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.
  • It is ACCPD policy (General Order 3.07) to request an independent criminal investigation from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for all officer-involved shootings and in-custody deaths involving one of our officers.  Additionally, our Office of Professional Standards conducts separate, parallel administrative investigations for all similar incidents.
  • ACCPD’s Office of Professional Standards reports directly to the Chief of Police to promote public trust and effective management through a rigorous internal review process that welcomes the public to submit complaints of misconduct, encourages employees to report instances of misconduct, and permits employees to file grievances against departmental actions.           

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1. How does ACCPD stay accountable to the community?
2. Are ACCPD officers required to identify themselves?
3. Do ACCPD officers wear body cameras?
4. Are ACCPD records available to the public?
5. How does ACCPD monitor officers' conduct?
6. Does ACCPD offer any assistance to officers to handle stress?