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Valdosta police set new standards

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By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

July 29, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Only 38 law enforcement agencies in Georgia have earned national accreditation.

CALEA, the agency that accredits them, says Valdosta is one of the best.

The Valdosta Police Department was just named a flagship agency after earning re-accreditation.

They are the first and only agency in the country to received that title back to back.

They were initially named a flagship agency back in 2005.

Agencies must be reaccredited every three years.

The designation means the VPD meets all 459 CALEA standards and will now be called to assist other agencies looking to obtain the elite status.

"Because we are a flagship, we are asked to share information to help other agencies get through the process. I get calls routinely as a team leader. So does Chief Simons and we routinely get calls to assess other agencies," says Commander Brian Childress of the Valdosta Police.

The Moultrie and Thomasville Police Departments are the only other accredited agencies in south Georgia.