The LaGrange Police Department is an Internationally Accredited and State Certified Agency. Sergeant Karen Sanders operates through the Office of the Chief of Police and is assigned to manage the department’s accreditation and certification programs.
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) offers a body of standards to establish up-to-date, best practice recommendations for the delivery of law enforcement services. The department was initially accredited through CALEA in July 1999 and has successfully maintained its accreditation status since that time. Consistent with CALEA protocol, the agency undergoes an extensive “on site” assessment to ensure compliance with applicable standards every four years, most recently having completed that process in April 2017. Three members of the agency serve as CALEA assessors and conduct similar rigorous assessments of law enforcement agencies in other states. This, plus the fact that the Sergeant Sanders is actively involved in various CALEA panels and discussion groups that strive to ensure that standards remain relevant and contemporary, enhances our overall agency commitment and compliance to this process.
The LaGrange Police Department also participates in a similar state certification program that is managed through the Georgia Chiefs of Police Association. Initial certification in this program was received in 1998, with the most recent re-certification occurring in July of 2017. Sergeant Sanders actively participates in and serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Police Accreditation Coalition, Inc., a network of similarly interested law enforcement agencies, to enhance and maintain our department’s continued success in these programs.