The Tyrone Police Department has received its state certification from the Ga. Association of Chief of Police (GACP). The certification was presented at the Jan. 17 meeting of the Tyrone Town Council.
A GACP State Certification represents a significant professional achievement. Certification acknowledges the implementation of policies and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective, according to GACP.
“We are extremely proud to receive the state certification honors. This designation illustrates the level of professionalism that the members of our agency operate at on a consistent basis,” said Police Chief Randy Mundy.
Certification is a progressive and time-proven way of helping law enforcement agencies calculate and improve their overall performances. The foundation of certification lies in the promulgation of standards containing a clear statement of professional objectives. Participating agencies conduct a thorough self-analysis to determine how existing operations can be adapted to meet these objectives. When the procedures are in place, a team of trained assessors verifies that applicable standards have been successfully implemented. The process culminates with a decision by a joint executive committee that the agency has met the requirements for certification, according to GACP.
Also at the meeting, Tyrone Officer Cayla Banks was awarded the GACP State Certification Manager award for leading the department’s certification efforts.
“We are equally proud of Officer Cayla Banks for her dedication and leadership in helping us to realize this honor,” said Mundy, noting that Banks began the certification process began in late 2016.
The certification process includes a number of steps. Those include the application, policy development, assessment, joint committee review, the awards ceremony and compliance monitoring.
Certified agencies must file annual reports attesting to their continuing compliance and identify any instances of significant non-compliance.