TIFTON -- The Abraham Baldwin College Police Department has completed its five-year recertification process.
"The recertification serves as a mechanism for law enforcement agencies to make sure policies and procedures are up to date," said Chief Bryan Golden.
"There is a checklist of 109 standards that have to be adhered to, although very few agencies have to go through all 109 of these sections. For instance, there are procedures dealing with jails, but since ABAC does not have a jail on site, we did not have to deal with that section," Golden said.
There were some new requirements that had to be met that were not evaluated five years ago. One dealt with racial profiling, and another with evaluation of terrorist targets.
This is the second time the ABAC Police Department has been certified, but Golden said that this time was more important.
"The first time we were certified, I had just started in the position," he said. "It means more this time because it shows that we have been doing things the right way for the past five years."
Golden also praised ABAC police officer Kim Scarborough, the department's state certification manager.
"She kept things organized and running smoothly. She helped the assessors in their evaluation and made sure everything was on the right track," Golden said.
There are 92 state agencies in Georgia -- police departments, sheriff's offices and campus police -- that are certified.
The ABAC Police Department has someone on duty 24 hours a day every day of the year.
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