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LPD Receives Accreditation Award

LPD Receives Accreditation Award Continued from Front Page evening at LaGrange Police Chief Louis Dekmar’s request. Purcell advised that the department has had no standard issues for several years and was verified to be in compliance with 345 mandatory standards as well as 55 additional standards for the accreditation with a 96 percent compliance rate. “I have known Chief Dekmar for nearly 20 years and I can truly say that he is a servant leader and a consummate professional,” said Purcell. “His police department is delivering high quality accessible ser- vices in a dignified manner and creating a quality of life that is fair, consistent, and respectful to all stakeholders.” Dekmar gave credit to his ovcers for maintaining the department’s standards and their euorts to deescalate hostile situations. Dekmar noted that within the last 26 years, the department has responded to about 1.4 million for calls for service, which resulted in about 115,000 arrests. So, over 90 percent of the calls dealt with by the LaGrange Police Department were handled without an arrest. “Of those 115,000 arrests, we used some degree of force, whether by grabbing someone by the arm to escort them when they don’t want to get into the car or in 14 cases to be exact, we had to use deadly force,” said Dekmar. In other business, the council approved a resolution to submit a grant application for the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program funded by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The funding would be used to create a multi-use, non-motorized recreational trail and park facility near Ridley Lake owned by the Development Authority of LaGrange. The park would connect with the Thread and include a playground, as well as ramps for fishing. City Manager Meg Kelsey noted that they have previously applied for the grant, but fell a few points short in the award process. Ellen Harris was also reappointed to a three-year term on the LaGrange/ Troup County Hospital Authority. The author of this article can be reached via email at [email protected] net.

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evening at LaGrange Police Chief Louis Dekmar’s request.

Purcell advised that the department has had no standard issues for several years and was verified to be in compliance with 345 mandatory standards as well as 55 additional standards for the accreditation with a 96 percent compliance rate.

“I have known Chief Dekmar for nearly 20 years and I can truly say that he is a servant leader and a consummate professional,” said Purcell. “His police department is delivering high quality accessible ser- vices in a dignified manner and creating a quality of life that is fair, consistent, and respectful to all stakeholders.”

Dekmar gave credit to his ovcers for maintaining the department’s standards and

their euorts to deescalate hostile situations.

Dekmar noted that within the last 26 years, the department has responded to about 1.4 million for calls for service, which resulted in about 115,000 arrests. So, over 90 percent of the calls dealt with by the LaGrange Police Department were handled without an arrest.

“Of those 115,000 arrests, we used some degree of force, whether by grabbing someone by the arm to escort them when they don’t want to get into the car or in 14 cases to be exact, we had to use deadly force,” said Dekmar.

In other business, the council approved a resolution to submit a grant application for the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program funded by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The funding would be used to create a multi-use, non-motorized recreational trail and park facility near Ridley Lake owned by the Development Authority of LaGrange. The park would connect with the Thread and include a playground, as well as ramps for fishing.

City Manager Meg Kelsey noted that they have previously applied for the grant, but fell a few points short in the award process.

Ellen Harris was also reappointed to a three-year term on the LaGrange/ Troup County Hospital Authority.

The author of this article can be reached via email at [email protected] net.

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