The Jefferson Police Department achieved State of Georgia Law Enforcement Certification in March of 2010 and has successfully re-certified four consecutive times with the most recent time being in 2022. The State Certification Program, administered by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, establishes professional standards for which each certified agency must demonstrate compliance. Standards cover a wide array of subject matter. By meeting these standards, the Police Department must analyze in detail both internal and external operations. Meeting the 142 standards enables the Police Department to provide the highest professional service to the university community.
Experienced law enforcement professionals from outside agencies inspected the department’s facilities, examined policies and procedures, and audited files built for each 142 certification standards to verify compliance. These specially trained assessors found the Jefferson Police Department to meet or exceed all standards of the State Certification Program.
State Certification is not a one-time process. The department is reassessed every three years to ensure continued compliance. More information on the State Certification Program can be found at the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.
The Jefferson Police Department became the 84th agency in the state of Georgia to become certified. There are currently only 138 certified agencies out of the 600 agencies in the state of Georgia.