Garner PD Announces National Reaccreditation

Interim Police Chief Lorie Smith (left) and Accreditation Manager Dana Clay pose with the Garner Police Department’s CALEA reaccreditation certificate.

The Garner Police Department has received its ninth reaccreditation from the Commission for the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).

As part of that process, the Police Department was required to submit annual reports, department statistics and have yearly electronic file reviews completed by a CALEA compliance service member to document continued compliance with the standards required for law enforcement accreditation.

The final onsite review took placed in October 2020, with reaccreditation being finalized before the Commission Review in March 2021. Dana Clay has served as the Police Department’s primary accreditation manager since May 2003.

“We are very appreciative of the hard work and professionalism of Dana Clay, who has been an integral part of our department and accreditation process since 2003,” Interim Police Chief Lorie Smith said. “Her dedication and commitment to our department, the Town and CALEA are what enable us to have successful annual reviews and assessments every four years. She is truly a professional, and we are so fortunate to have her as part of our team.”

The Garner Police Department sought its initial CALEA accreditation in March 1994 and has maintained accredited status since as a means of benchmarking its policies and procedures against international best practices for law enforcement agencies; as a means of ensuring effective service delivery to the Garner community; and as an ongoing demonstration of commitment to professionalism through voluntary adherence to national standards.

The Garner Police Department is currently complying with version 6.12 of the Law Enforcement Standards manual, which includes 459 procedural standards.

CALEA accreditation is now conferred for a period of four years. Currently, there are 929 law enforcement agencies accredited by CALEA in the United States. Of those accredited, 83 law enforcement agencies are in North Carolina.

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