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Spring Hill Police Department receives accreditation, following review of

The Spring Hill Police Department has met the conditions for certification for the Presidential Executive Order on Safe Policing for Safe Communities.

The department announced the certification earlier this month.

Issued by President Donald Trump in June, 2020, the order calls for all state and local law enforcement agency’s use-of-force policies to adhere to all federal, state and local laws, including the prohibition of the use of chokeholds, excluding situations where the use of deadly force is allowed by law.

Event organizer Madi Johnson, a recent graduate of Independence High School, holds hands with Spring Hill Police Chief Don Brite at the end of a Black Lives Matter demonstration held in at the intersection of Main Street and Campbell Station Parkway in Spring Hill, Tenn., on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

The president’s order called for “independent credentialing bodies” to review and assess the nation’s police agencies.

“The benefit to the community is that we maintain and update our policies regularly. Use of force is one that is a hot topic,” Det. Michael Foster told The Daily Herald. 

“We have updated that one a lot based on state and federal requirements. It means that we have up-to-date policies that are in line with other agencies across the state. It shows that the department is committed to providing professional police service to the community.” 

Following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of members of law enforcement, groups in Spring Hill and neighboring Columbia joined a global wave of protests, calling for law enforcement reform and other issues involving systemic racism.

A crowd of nearly 500 participants gather at Riverwalk Park after marching from the downtown Columbia Square as part of a unity rally, which was attended by many city leaders and people of all ages, races and backgrounds in Columbia, Tenn., on Saturday, June 5, 2020.

Foster said departments in Tennessee can either seek accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies or the Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation Program.  

“CALEA is a national standard and the gold standard for law enforcement, however, it is more expensive to maintain,” Foster said.  “TLEA is the state of Tennessee’s standard maintained by the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police.”

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