Valdosta - People who live in Valdosta can rest assured they're protected by one of the top police departments in the country. "We hope it gives our citizens confidence that the men and women of the Valdosta Police Department are working hard for them and we're performing as we should," said Police Chief Frank Simons.
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies has named the department a flagship agency. That means the VPD will serve as a model for other police departments around the country. "We had roughly 50 different law enforcement executives asking about our procedures, how we do things, and how we handle our business," said Captain Brian Childress.
The commission looked at 437 standards and the VPD got high marks on every single issue. "They judge us on everything from training to managing your budget, crime scene investigation, patrolling, they hit every aspect of a law enforcement agency," said Childress.
"After the assessors have been through our department from top to bottom, they've found that we're fulfilling the standards, and our people are committed to the process," said Simons.
The flagship status puts this department among the best of the best. Out of 73 different agencies up for review at the conference, only seven were given the honor. "That says a lot to the community and our city that we're trying to give them the best product possible," said Childress.
The best product and the best protection, making this department one of the best out there.