CPD earns eighth ac­cred­i­ta­tion award

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The Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment has earned its eighth ac­cred­i­ta­tion award from the Com­mis­sion on Ac­cred­i­ta­tion for Law En­force­ment Agen­cies, Inc. The award was pre­sented at the re­cent con­fer­ence held in Jack­sonville, Fla. The pro­gram has 480 stan­dards and the de­part­ment is re­quired to meet all ap­pli­ca­ble stan­dards. The de­part­ment was the first agency in Ge­or­gia to be ac­cred­ited in 1985 and the 10th in the na­tion. Of the orig­i­nal 10 agen­cies, only four have re­mained ac­cred­ited.

Dur­ing the exit in­ter­view, the as­ses­sors said they were very im­pressed with the en­tire de­part­ment and their ob­vi­ous com­mit­ment to the ac­cred­i­ta­tion process. CPD Po­lice Chief Stacey Cot­ton told the as­ses­sors that ac­cred­i­ta­tion is all most of the em­ploy­ees have ever known dur­ing their po­lice ca­reers.

The city of Cov­ing­ton is hon­ored to have four ac­cred­ited de­part­ments: Cov­ing­ton Po­lice, Cov­ing­ton Fire, Cov­ing­ton-New­ton 911 and Cov­ing­ton Pub­lic Works. There are cur­rently only six cities in the na­tion that have all four ac­cred­i­ta­tions.

At the Jack­sonville CALEA con­fer­ence, Cot­ton was pre­sented with The Egon Bit­tner Award. Of the more than 100 law en­force­ment agen­cies at the con­fer­ence, only two agency CEO’s re­ceived this pres­ti­gious award. The Egon Bit­tner Award is pre­sented to Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cers who have com­manded a CALEA

ac­cred­ited agency for 15 or more con­tin­u­ous years. It was cre­ated to rec­og­nize th­ese lead­ers for their sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the pub­lic safety pro­fes­sion and to CALEA. Cot­ton was ap­pointed chief of po­lice in 1997. Pro­fes­sor Egon Bit­tner greatly contributed to CALEA’s early devel­op­ment in 1979-1980 and was a CALEA Com­mis­sioner from 1981, dur­ing the crit­i­cal devel­op­men­tal stage of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, through 1988. He was a pro­fes­sor of so­ci­ol­ogy at Bran­deis Univer­sity in Mas­sachusetts, with a na­tional stand­ing on law en­force­ment is­sues. He re­tired from Bran­deis in 1991 and then moved with his wife Jean, to the Cal­i­for­nia Bay Area. He died there in 2011.

The ac­cred­i­ta­tion pro­gram is now in­ter­na­tional with agen­cies from Canada, Mex­ico and Bar­ba­dos be­ing ac­cred­ited.

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