Olive Branch PD invites public feedback, attempts to gain accreditation

Olive Branch police invite public feedback, attempt to gain accreditation

OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC) - Citizens in Olive Branch are getting their chance to tell the police department how it's doing.

Olive Branch Police Department is holding a public forum on Monday to gauge whether the department can be accredited as a first tier agency.

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) reviews police departments around the country. The agency is designed to make sure law enforcement groups are operating at a high level.

Olive Branch Police Chief Don Gammage hopes his department meets the grade.

"They're [CALEA] reviewing all of our practices, from use of force, pursuits, professionalism, how we keep our equipment," he explained.

If Olive Branch passes, the department could save taxpayers money through reduced liability insurance fees.

Public input, like what the department will receive Monday night, is just one step in the process of gaining accreditation.

Police say when you open up the floor to anyone, there's no telling what you might get.

"They've got some cowboys like everybody else, but you know, that takes some training to get the cowboy out of them," one Olive Branch resident said.

Chief Gammage says the department is always interested in keeping citizens involved. He points to the fact that the department's Facebook page is one of the most followed in the area.

Anyone unable to make Monday night's discussion is asked to mail their comments directly to CALEA at the following address:

Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.
Attn: Accreditation Alliance Manager
13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320
Gainesville, VA 20155

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