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Posted on: June 16, 2020

[ARCHIVED] City of Alcoa Police Accredited by the State

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City of Alcoa Police Accredited by State

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For information:

For Immediate Release: June 15, 2020                            

Janessa Edwards
Phone: 615-726-8227

Nashville, TN- The Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation (TLEA) Program is pleased to announce that it has granted accreditation status to the Alcoa Police Department. This is the 1st TLEA Award for the agency. Alcoa PD is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement (CALEA). They were awarded their TLEA certificate during the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP) meeting held in Franklin, TN on June 10, 2020.

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Pictured left to right: Alcoa  Sergeant Matt Caldwell, Alcoa Chief David Carswell, and Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police President and Germantown Chief of Police Richard Hall

To achieve accreditation with TLEA, an agency voluntarily submits to a four year process of enhancing the agency’s professionalism and effectiveness utilizing 6 state law enforcement standards and participating in a thorough on-site assessment. The standards evaluate an agency’s policies which address a variety of areas including organizational, operational and budget management practices.  The program is intended to encourage cooperation, recognize professional standing, develop professional services and ensure public safety throughout the State of Tennessee. The TLEA program is a valuable and cost effective way to enhance overall agency effectiveness and professionalism.

The Alcoa Police Department successfully accomplished TLEA accreditation by meeting criteria that measured the professionalism, organizational, and overall readiness in law enforcement policy and procedures. “The standard of excellence that is met through this process is to be admired. We are proud to recognize the hard work of the Alcoa Police Department, its staff and community leaders,” stated TACP President Richard Hall. 

“We are honored to receive this recognition on behalf of the men and women of the Alcoa Police Department. This is truly their award because they are the ones who perform their duties with compassion and professionalism every day. Without their efforts this would not be achievable.” stated David Carswell, Alcoa Police Chief.

The TLEA program was created under the direction and authority of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, which supports and endorses the continued improvement of law enforcement and emergency communications operations. This program provides a framework for Tennessee law enforcement agencies to have equal access to effective and comprehensive polices that enhance the professionalism of law enforcement and the safety of our communities. 

The TLEA Accreditation status represents a significant professional achievement and acknowledges the successful implementation of written directives, policies, and procedures that are conceptually sound and operationally effective. It takes commitment, dedication, and hard work from the agency head, agency personnel and community leaders to meet the standards prescribed by the program. 


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