Toccoa Police Dept. Achieves State Certification

The Toccoa Police Department receives its state re-certification.

The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police attended Monday’s Toccoa City Commission meeting to officially present the department with its re-certification.

Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Director Frank Rotondo said again achieving state certification makes the Toccoa Police Department one of the top law enforcement agencies in the state.

“There are 103 departments in the state that are state-certified out of a possible 700 in the state that could be certified,” said Rotondo.  “You are in with the cream of the crop.”

To achieve state certification, a department must ensure that it not only establishes reasonable policy standards, but follows them on a day-in, day-out basis.

Toccoa Police Chief Tim Jarrell said he is proud of the department for once again achieving this accomplishment.

“It speaks volumes for the men and women of the police department who are really committed to professionalism and wanting to make the department a professional department,” said Jarrell.  “From an administrative standpoint, it shows the citizens that we have a competent, professional, well-trained police force that is committed to excellence and maintaining everyone’s constitutional rights at the same time.”

According to officials, another benefit of state certification is that it lowers the rates for the police department’s liability insurance.

The certification is good for a period of three years.