Linda Lash was hired on with the agency in February 2017 as the Accreditation Manager. She has been a certified law enforcement officer since 1992 when she moved to Georgia. In her career, she has supervised in Patrol, Criminal Investigations, Support Services, Internal Affairs, Property and Evidence, Court Services and a Commanding Officer of a specialized crime reduction and traffic enforcement unit. Ms. Lash has received numerous awards including Officer of the Year, Detective of the Year and Employee of the year. Her training and education has been from Columbus State University; a Graduate of Command College and a 2009 Graduate of the National Academy session 239 in Quantico, Virginia.
The Griffin Police Department has been State Certified since 1999 and received its first Commission on Accreditation (CALEA) in 2003. The accreditation program provides law enforcement agencies an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet an established set of professional standards which require agencies to develop a comprehensive, well thought out, uniform set of written directives which is one of the most successful methods for reaching administrative and operational goals while also providing direction to personnel.
Being an accredited/certified agency, it strengthens an agencies accountability both within the agency and the community, through a continuum of standards that clearly define authority, performance and responsibilities.
The Griffin Police Department received its 4th Gold Standard Award in November 2015. This year, the agency will be receiving its State Certification in June and continue to prepare for the National Accreditation in August of 2019.