The Macon Police Department’s national accreditation has been renewed for another three years.
Though several Atlanta-area police departments and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are accredited, Macon has the only accredited police department in the midstate. The sheriff’s offices in Baldwin and Monroe counties also are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc.
“It’s the gold standard of law enforcement,” Macon Police Chief Mike Burns said, noting there are 433 standards — though not all apply to police departments — that shape the policy and procedures that accreditation requires.Macon Mayor Robert Reichert welcomed the news.
“We should be proud,” he said. “This is one of the few times (the police) get the recognition they deserve for the hard work they do.”
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The cost of accreditation is $5,000 a year and requires two full-time accreditation specialists. But the benefit to the community for making the streets safer and holding the police accountable, Reichert said, is “priceless.”