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VPD going for 17th year of accreditation

VPD goes through national accreditation process (Source: WALB) VPD goes through national accreditation process (Source: WALB)
The department has been accredited since 1999 (Source: WALB) The department has been accredited since 1999 (Source: WALB)
"When our work is as dangerous as this, we want this stuff to work correctly," said Bembry (Source: WALB) "When our work is as dangerous as this, we want this stuff to work correctly," said Bembry (Source: WALB)
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

"Anytime you're doing work that's as dangerous as ours, you've got to make sure the equipment is maintained properly but that it's also being used correctly," said Lt. Adam Bembry of the Valdosta Police Department. 

The Valdosta Police Department goes through CALEA accreditation and an inspection every four years.

It's voluntary, and not many agencies are accredited.

However, VPD has been adhering to these standards since 1999.

"A lot of money goes into this equipment. A lot of resources. For that reason you want to make sure that the taxpayers know that their money is keeping these guys safe and being used well," said Bembry. 

Following the storms that devastated Cook County in January, the department wanted to make sure its mobile command center is up-to-date. It was used as the disaster relief center on site for the Sunshine Acres tornado victims on January 22. 

"The design when we first got it was to take over as the emergency 911 center if something major were to happen," said Officer Kay. 

The center is FEMA funded and even has some new gadgets the officers can use when it's out on the road. 

The mobile command center is not used often, but officers say they're thankful it goes through inspection. 

"On the times that we may actually have to use it, you want it to be working correctly," said Bembry. 

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