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Anne Arundel County Police Department and 9-1-1 Center Applauded by State

Annapolis, MD (January 9, 2006) - Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens announced today that both the Anne Arundel County Police Department and the County’s 9-1-1 Center are being spotlighted as exemplary government agencies.

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies awarded Reaccredited status to the County Police Department. "I am very proud of the Department which continues to meet these strict standards," said County Executive Owens. "This is independent verification of the professionalism in our Police Department and is helpful for citizens to understand the complexity of the department," she added.

From July 16 to July 20, 2005, a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) visited the Anne Arundel County Police Department to examine all aspects of the Department’s policies, procedures, management, operations and support services. The team verified that the Police Department complied with 446 professional standards as part of this voluntary process to gain re-accreditation. "Accreditation continues to be very important to the Anne Arundel County Police Department and the citizens it serves," said Chief P. Thomas Shanahan, Anne Arundel County Police Chief. "The accreditation process provides outside and independent validation of the professionalism and dedication I see everyday being displayed by all members of the Police Department." "I am extremely proud of all employees of the department," he added.

Meanwhile, The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services advised County Executive Owens this week, the County’s 9-1-1 Center exceeded expectations during a required annual inspection. The Emergency Number Systems Board, who conducted the inspection, noted that the County’s implementation of wireless location technology in its center helped the state to reach a milestone. "All members of the Communication Center should be proud of this accomplishment and the citizens of Anne Arundel County should feel confident in these dedicated professionals who provide a vital service to the community," said Chief Shanahan.

Maryland became the eighth state to implement the technology. "Spotlighting the agencies is a positive tribute to the dedication of the men and women, both uniformed and non-uniformed, and I’m very proud of them all," said County Executive Owens.


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