A team from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission is giving the Charlottesville Police Department a full review to see if it makes the grade.
This is part of a process that is done every four years, and the team will be in Charlottesville until Tuesday to complete the review.
Monday morning, a team from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services did a physical inspection of city police equipment. The commission's goal is to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of law enforcement agencies, to promote cooperation among all components in the criminal justice system, and to ensure the appropriate level of training for law enforcement personnel.
Sgt. Cheryl Sandridge with the Charlottesville Police Department said, "It is our goal and objective to be a professional department and to meet and project professional standards all the time. This is how we ensure that that occurs."
Charlottesville was first accredited in October of 2000. Almost every police department or sheriff's office in Virginia is accredited.
The team is also reviewing internal documents from the police department Monday. A preliminary report will come Tuesday before the team leaves. The final results will come in October.
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