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Police accreditation hearing set in Forest Park

FOREST PARK — Residents will get a voice in the accreditation of its police department during a public hearing Dec. 16.

The hearing is part of the on-site assessment of the department by a team from Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Residents can be heard at 5 p.m. in council chambers at Forest Park City Hall.

Residents who cannot attend the hearing but want to provide comments can do so by calling 404-366-7280, extension 114, Tuesday, Dec. 17, between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The assessment team will examine all aspects of the department’s policy and procedures, management, operations and support services. Assessors are Maj. Ricky Pinksaw from Culpeper, Va., police department and Maj. Stanton Gragg of Mount Pleasant, S.C., police department.

Chief Dwayne Hobbs said this will be the fourth re-accreditation for the department since the initial one in 2002.

“Verification by the assessment team that the Forest Park Police Department continues to meet the commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to retain accreditation, a highly-prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” he said.

Once the assessors finish, they will report back to the full commission, which will decide if the agency will be re-accredited. Accreditation lasts three years.

Public comments, whether during the hearing or by phone, are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards.

A copy of those standards is available for review at Forest Park Police Department at 320 Cash Memorial Blvd., Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sgt. Wray Cochran can provide additional information at 404-366-7280, extension 108. Cochran is the accreditation program manager for Forest Park Police Department.

Written comments will also be accepted at CALEA, 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Va., 20155.