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Message from the Police Chief
On July 30, 2011, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) voted unanimously to award Advanced Accreditation to the Southern Pines Police Department. The accreditation process focuses an agency's efforts on systems for management, addressing community issues, and positioning the agency for the future. In his comments to the Commission Review Committee upon being awarded Advanced Accreditation, Chief Letteney said:
"The accreditation process has served as a blueprint to ensure the Southern Pines Police Department is at the forefront of the best practices in the profession, achieves the level of professionalism and service delivery it is capable of and maintains that level as the needs of the community change. As the first law enforcement agency in our region to embark on the process of accreditation, we seek to become a model for other agencies to follow while we provide assurance to the community that the Southern Pines Police Department meets, and hopefully exceeds, the professional standards of law enforcement."
This is a significant achievement for the department and puts us in the top tier of professional law enforcement agencies who have demonstrated a commitment to professional excellence. We are the first accredited agency in the county and region and we are in the top 6% of agencies in the state who have submitted to this intensive system of policy development, operational review and outside assessment; This further shows leadership and dedication of the department in serving our community in the best possible manner.
As the chief executive officer (CEO) of an accredited agency said:
"The Accreditation Process provides the best and the most credible roadmap for any law enforcement agency in pursuit of professional excellence. It will be the benchmark for policing in the 21st century."
“CALEA Accreditation inspires public confidence in our agency, as well as assures that our department is up-to-date on police initiatives and administrative practices. Among the areas of particular importance addressed by CALEA, are the delivery of services to our citizens and the emphasis on inter-agency cooperation. CALEA provides a means of checks and balances that confirms the successful tactics we have in place."
More Information For more information on law enforcement accreditation, please contact the Southern Pines Police Department accreditation manager at 910-692-2732, or by email at.