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Public comment requested on accreditation at Aiken

AIKEN, SC (WRDW / WAGT) Aiken Ministry of Public Security to conduct on-site assessment as part of a program to obtain re-accreditation from the Accreditation Commission of Enforcement Bodies laws.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s assessment will take place virtually.

A team of evaluators will review all aspects of the policy and procedures, administration, operations and support services of the Aiken Ministry of Public Safety.

Ministry employees and community members are invited to provide their comments during a public information session in the municipal courtroom of the public security headquarters building, 834 Beaufort Street NE . It will be held on Tuesday at 5 p.m. If you cannot move, the session will also take place on Zoom. Contact Captain Aaron Dobbs at 803-644-1905 for the link.

If you cannot speak during the session but would like to comment, call 803-643-2169 on Tuesday between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Interventions in session and telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes and must relate to the service’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. A copy of the standards is available at the headquarters of the Ministry of Public Security in Aiken.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments may address them to the committee on

Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

Richmond County lawyer receives training in Israel

AUGUSTA, GA – Richmond County Sheriff’s Office Chief Patrick Clayton attended the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange’s 28th annual peer-to-peer training program in partnership with the Israel National Police.

He was part of a 16-member delegation of senior law enforcement officials from Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Colorado.


Clayton returned from Israel after two intensive weeks of public safety leadership training with the country’s top police officials, where he trained alongside Georgia’s police chiefs and command staff, sheriffs, the director of the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council and a Georgia office. the Deputy Director of Investigation.

Clayton’s training consisted of learning more about strategies for successfully leading continuous and uninterrupted law enforcement services while building stronger, safer and better community relationships through community policing.

Sheriff Richard Roundtree said he believes his agency will benefit tremendously from this foreign police exchange program.

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