Coronavirus means long-distance re-accreditation of Forsyth 911

The Forsyth County 911 Center will undergo an unusual, remote assessment this week as it seeks re-accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

“Due to COVID-19 concerns, CALEA has developed a contingency plan for an online assessment using video conferencing, phone interviews and general videos of the Forsyth County 911 Center,” 911 Center Director Chris Grimes said.

Rather than conducting an on-site visit, public safety communications practitioners from out of state will review Forsyth’s written materials and videos and interview individuals by phone to verify compliance.

As part of the assessment, agency personnel and citizens are invited to send comments to CALEA, 13585 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville VA 20155.

Accreditation lasts four years, and an agency must submit annual reports attesting to continued compliance with standards, officials said. Forsyth was last awarded the CALEA Public Safety Communications Accreditation on Nov. 5, 2016. Information: