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Posted on: December 1, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comment





(Norcross / Gwinnett County, Georgia 12/1/2020) - A team of assessors from the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will be conducting a virtual assessment of the Norcross Police Department beginning December 14th, 2020 to examine all aspects of the Norcross Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Chief Bill Grogan announced today.  

Verification by the team that Norcross Police Department meets the Commission’s state of the art standards is part of a voluntary process to maintain accreditation - a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence, Chief Grogan said.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Tuesday, December 15th, 2020 at 3 p.m. This session will be conducted via Zoom.   

This meeting can be accessed as follows:

Join Zoom Meeting 

Meeting ID: 984 1952 0397

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he / she may do so by telephone. The public may call (757) 262-8200 on December 15th, 2020 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to reach Team Leader, Thomas Bennett directly.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards. A copy of the standards may be requested from Captain Beverly Parnell (

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Norcross Police Department’s ability to meet the standards are requested to write to: The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

The Norcross Police Department has to comply with over 480 standards in order to gain accredited status. Chief Grogan views CALEA accreditation as a statement to the community that the agency is committed to professional law enforcement.

The accreditation assessment team is composed of law enforcement professionals from out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, conduct interviews, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be verified. The assessors are:

Team Leader:           Chief Thomas Bennett, Retired, Suffolk, Virginia Police Department 

Team Member:         Chief Thomas Grimaldi, Port Orange Police Department

Once the assessors complete their review of the agency, they report their findings to the Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted re-accreditation status.

Accreditation is currently for four years during which the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155 or call at (703) 352-4225.







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