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Kingsport Police Department seeks citizen feedback

Staff report • May 29, 2018 at 11:30 AM

KINGSPORT — As part of the process to remain accredited, the Kingsport Police Department is seeking input from citizens on the agency’s procedures, operations and services.

A survey is available online at www.KingsportTN.gov/Police-Department/Citizen-Survey. According to KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton, it asks specific questions about the quality of policing in the community in several areas and seeks suggestions for improvements.

Since 1992, the KPD has been certified through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Patton said the benefits of accreditation include greater accountability within the department, reduced risk and liability exposure, and increased community advocacy.

The accreditation process requires proof of compliance with 484 broadly recognized professional law enforcement standards, according to Patton. The standards are reviewed by a CALEA team visiting the KPD and address six major law enforcement areas: role, responsibilities, and relationships with other agencies; organization, management, and administration; personnel administration; law enforcement operations, operational support, and traffic law enforcement; detainee and court-related services; auxiliary and technical services.

Patton added that the CALEA standards help law enforcement agencies formalize essential management procedures, establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices, improve service delivery, solidify interagency cooperation and coordination, and boost citizen and staff confidence in the agency.

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