STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) administered an on-site assessment to consider the Starkville Police Department for national re-accreditation.
CALEA organized a public forum for everyone to comment on the department's professionalism.
CALEA verified the department's professional standards in five areas: policy and procedures, administration, operations, investigations and support services.
The citizens and employees of the Starkville Police Department who attended the forum said they supported the department. They also said the department is a pleasure to work with and the officers make a difference in the community.
Tyrone Stallings, the chaplain for the Starkville Police Department, said Police Chief Frank Nichols has excellent leadership and has highly-trained officers.
"He's done an excellent job... of trying to provide not only leadership that's open and transparent, but he's put in place a spiritual leadership for the officers as well as outreach ministries to the communities," he said.
The on-site assessment began on Monday and will conclude on Wednesday.