The Office of Professional Standards is charged with the responsibility of maintaining high standards and integrity of our department. This function is frequently called "Internal Affairs" in some police departments. The Office of Professional Standards conducts internal investigations, staff inspections, maintain accreditation standards, complete planning and research assignments and coordinate with crime analysis functions. The Office of Professional Standards is staffed with a major, one lieutenant, two sergeants and an administrative secretary.
Major Freddie Blackmon
The Columbus Police Department is nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), having received initial accreditation in 1993. We were the 278th police agency to receive this honor. There are less than 550 agencies that have been awarded accreditation. The accreditation process involves 439 standards, which contain over 900 requirements. Our department must comply with all applicable standards in order to maintain its status. These standards relate to subjects such as mandatory equipment for patrol vehicles, training and auditing of evidence stored by the Department. Our department is assessed every three years for National Accreditation status. When we are due for re-accreditation, the public is notified through the media and is asked to provide input, both good and bad.
In July of 1999, our Department was initially awarded State Certification. The State Certification process is similar to national accreditation and is administered by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. Our agency has successfully met all state recertification assessments and is in good standing with the program. We are assessed every three years for State Certification status.
For more information on the accreditation process, you may contact CALEA at http://www.calea.org/ or the Georgia Police Accreditation Coalition at http://www.gpacinc.com