Friday, April 17, 2009

Comment On A-CC PD Reaccreditation

As part of its Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) re-accreditation process, the Athens-Clarke County Police Department is scheduled for an on-site assessment to verify that it meets professional standards with regard to policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services.

Citizens may submit their comments on these areas to the Assessment Team by calling (706) 613-3888 (extension 400) from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, 26 April. Comments may also be made at a public information session scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the Commission Chamber at City Hall (Room 205) on Monday, 27 April.

Comments, made either by telephone or in person, “are limited to ten minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards.” Copies of the standards are available at the Police Department’s headquarters office (3035 Lexington Road) and the Regional Library (2025 Baxter Street).

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David said...

I realize that this is going to sound silly to some people, but names are important, given for a reason and ought to be respected.

There is no such entity as the ACCPD.
Athens/Clarke County has a Department of Police Services, so the correct acronym is ACCDPS.

Just because usage is common doesn't make it correct. Even in a democracy.


james said...

Of course, in a technical sense you are entirely correct (and I appreciate your concern as I, too, am a stickler for such things). Even so, I opted for the more familiar term "Police Department" instead of the proper term "Police Department of Police Services."

Believe it or not, that is how the Department's own web site denotes itself, as does the letter from the Department from which I gleaned the information about the re-accreditation process. So, I went with the flow.

Go figure. :)