The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is seeking re-accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). The voluntary process to gain re-accreditation will look different this year as it will be conducted virtually to adhere to social distancing requirements.

The assessors this year are Retired Chief Timothy Fitch (St. Louis County Missouri Police Department) and Captain John Campanella (Delaware State Police). Agency employees and members of the community are invited to comment on the agency’s ability to meet these professional standards. Three options are available for public comments:

  1. ATTEND AND SPEAK AT THE VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING

The GBI will host a virtual public hearing on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Those who wish to speak or observe must register in advance by calling 404-270-8525. Comments will be limited to 10 minutes per person.

Attendees are encouraged to speak from a prepared statement to ensure best use of their time. If any registered speaker is not available, the facilitator will call the next person in the line.

  1. SPEAK TO AN ASSESSOR

Call 404-270-8519 and provide your name, telephone number, and agency affiliation (if any) between 1:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M. on December 15, 2020. Calls will be limited to 10 minutes to allow the assessors to talk to as many people as possible.

  1. SUBMIT WRITTEN COMMENTS DIRECTLY TO CALEA BY MAIL OR E-MAIL

Please reference “Georgia Bureau of Investigation” in the correspondence or subject line.

Send to:

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA)

13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320

Gainesville, Virginia 20155 or

E-mail: calea@calea.org.

A copy of the standards is available at GBI Headquarters located at 3121 Panthersville Road, Decatur, Georgia, 30334. For additional information, contact the GBI Accreditation Manager, Jasmine Rhodes, at jasmine.rhodes@gbi.ga.gov or 404-270-8349.

The accreditation program requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in four basic areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, and support services. Established in 1979 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the National Sheriffs' Association, and the Police Executive Research Forum, CALEA is recognized internationally as the key credentialing authority for law enforcement agencies.  For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Blvd. Suite 320, Gainesville, Va. 20155; or call (703) 352-4225 or email calea@calea.org

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Nelly Miles