Accreditations & Certifications

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)


Accreditation is a coveted award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence, and competence. It requires written directives and training to inform employees about policies and practices; facilities and equipment to ensure employee safety; and processes to safeguard employee rights. The community and police department can take pride in their department, knowing it represents the very best in law enforcement.

Accreditation embodies the precepts of community-oriented policing. It creates a forum in which police and citizens work together to prevent and control crime. This partnership helps citizens understand the challenges confronting law enforcement and gives law enforcement clear direction about community expectations.

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department was the 43rd in the nation to be nationally accredited by CALEA. We have been accredited eight times. This symbolizes our professional approach to police services. Read our most recent CALEA Assessment Report.

State of Georgia Agency Certification


The Athens-Clarke County Police Department was the first in the State of Georgia to be certified. This, too, symbolizes our commitment to being a professional organization filled with quality-oriented police services providers. View our most recent On-Site Assessment.

CALEA Communications Accreditation

Chief Joseph H. Lumpkin Sr. announced that on July 31, 2010, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) awarded the Athens-Clarke County Police Department’s Communications Center Division its initial Public Safety Accreditation. Chief Lumpkin congratulated and commended all Central Communications personnel for their demonstrated professionalism that was evident during the accreditation process and awarding of full accreditation status. The Communications Division was re-accredited by CALEA in 2013 and is currently preparing for its first Gold Standard Assessment in 2016.

Communications Administrator Keith Kelley and Accreditation Coordinator Sara Ivy have been cited by Chief Lumpkin for their explicit and noteworthy leadership throughout these demanding accomplishments. The CALEA Public Safety Accreditatoin award demonstrates the 9-1-1 Communications Center of Athens-Clarke County has successfully met a body of 200 internationally recognized professional standards offered by CALEA that are specific to public safety credentialing. This Public Safety Communications Accreditation is in addition to the Athens-Clarke County Police Department’s Law Enforcement Accreditation, which was initially accomplished in 1987 by the Clarke County Police Department.

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