As an accredited law enforcement agency, the Valdosta Police Department, which is comprised of 167 sworn and 41 non-sworn employees, is operating at the highest level of national law enforcement standards. Maintaining the highest level of standards and continually advancing and improving our capabilities, the department provides a family-friendly and safe environment for citizens of Valdosta and all who come to our city.
In 2021, the department attained their eighth consecutive Advanced Accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). This is a voluntary accreditation process that examines all aspects of the Valdosta Police Department’s policies and procedures, management practices, daily operations, and support services. The department has been internationally accredited since 1999.
In 2020, the department was assessed by the State of Georgia Law Enforcement Certification Property, through the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP). This is a separate voluntary program similar to CALEA, in which the department is assessed every three years. The department has been a State Certified law enforcement agency since 1999.
As Valdosta continues to grow as a regional center, the Valdosta Police Department continues to prepare and evolved into a regional response law enforcement agency. The department works closely with local, state, and national agencies, to expand our methods, practices, and capabilities to stay informed, and to provide increased security in the areas of drug enforcement, gang identification, and homeland security.
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Did you know that in April 2015, the Valdosta-Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory became the first locally-operated crime laboratory ever in Georgia to obtain crime laboratory accreditation through the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB-International)? The Valdosta-Lowndes Regional Crime Laboratory is a HUGE resource for this region.
Valdosta Police Department
500 North Toombs Street
Valdosta, Georgia 31601