VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - The Valdosta Police Department underwent a voluntary inspection Tuesday.
It was part of the process to renew the department's certification by the State Law Enforcement Certification Program. The department has had its certification renewed every three years since 1999.
Earlier this year, the department also also underwent the voluntary process to have its international accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies renewed. The department has also had this accreditation renewed every three years since 1999.
At the beginning of 2015, the department also plans to get its crime lab certified. "We've taken these three voluntary programs and we're subjectin' ourselves to an outside audit; having folks come in, looking at us, and seein' 'are we doin' what we should be doin','" said Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress.
The department will officially find out in January or February if its state certification will be renewed.