ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany residents had a chance to share their opinions about the Albany Police Department on Wednesday night.
The meeting was part of a week-long on-site assessment by an accrediting agency.
Several residents and city leaders praised APD, giving the thumbs up to officers for sponsoring community events and for Chief Michael Persley's progressive leadership.
People shared their personal experiences with the team from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement.
Some discussed the Citizen's Academy while others commended Chief Persley's ability to retain officers and embed them in the community.
Mayor Dorothy Hubbard complimented Persley's commitment to improving the department which hopes to get re-accredited.
"It's easy for an agency to promise, 'I'm going to do all the different things,' but we get into 485 files and they have to provide proof of compliance, a rapport, photograph, evidence, whatever it might be," said Accreditation Manager Phil Patron.
"It feels good to be appreciated by the community, so that just means we have to work that much harder to maintain that appreciation, to maintain the trust," explained Persley.
For the past week, the CALEA team has been in town reviewing APD's management model.
The agency conducted ride-alongs and monitored how officers interact with the community.
The Thomasville, Moultrie and Valdosta Police Departments are the only others in the area that are accredited by CALEA.
The agency will hold an exit interview with Chief Persley and later decide whether to re-accredit the force.