ViewPoint: APD is right to aspire to greatness

May 8, 2008

Chief James Younger has a big goal for the Albany Police Department. He wants it to earn international accreditation, and he's taking steps now to make sure that happens in the future.

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies judges departments all over the world on around 400 criteria. Agencies that earn the commission's seal of approval maintain the highest standards in the law enforcement community.

Right now, only 38 agencies in Georgia hold the accreditation. The only ones in our area are the Valdosta, Moultrie, and Thomasville Police Departments.

Valdosta officers just went through a rigorous re-accreditation process. Those departments set an example for all others in south Georgia. They should be commended for working hard to earn and maintain accreditation, and more importantly, for working hard to serve the people in their communities well.

We're glad leaders in Albany want APD to join that elite group, and we hope that every employee in the Albany Police Department will understand the importance of earning accreditation and will do whatever they're asked to do to make it happen.