Less than a year after Police Chief Scott Gray and his officers set their sights on becoming a state certified agency, that official recognition came during the May 3 Fayetteville City Council meeting.
Mark Bender with the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police made the presentations and noted that the Fayetteville Police Department is the 125th law enforcement agency of about 600 in the state to earn the certification.
“By becoming state certified, the police department has taken that extra step to raise the level of their performance to meet these standards, because they’re not easy standards to meet,” Bender said. “They have to develop their policies, they have to show proof of compliance.”
Mayor Ed Johnson noted that Accreditation Manager Ann Burdette guided the police department through the process.
“We are thankful Ms. Burdette has come on board,” Johnson said. “She has been an integral part in making sure accreditation is achieved.”
Bender also congratulated Burdette.
“It’s thankless at times,” Burdette said. “When you finally receive this award, it is amazing.”