Tyrone Police Department Awarded State Certification
Chief Douglas “Buster” Meadows of the Newnan Police Department, representing the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, attended the January 17th Council meeting to officially present the Tyrone Police Department its State Certification award. Certification is a voluntary program that requires participating law enforcement agencies to comply with hundreds of standards that ensure it is operating under current case law and best practices.
According to the State Certification website, “Certification is a progressive and time-proven way of helping law enforcement agencies calculate and improve their overall performances. Certification status represents a significant professional achievement. Certification acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective.”
Given the difficulty involved in achieving and maintaining Certified status, only 130 of Georgia’s 450+ law enforcement agencies have completed the process, so this is a significant achievement.
Officer Cayla Banks serves as Tyrone’s Certification Manager and was responsible for most of the hard work that went into getting the agency to this point and will now lead them forward into maintaining compliance in the program. Assessors from across the state will revisit the agency every three years to audit compliance for re-certification.