Red Bank Police earns state accreditation
The Red Bank Police Department is the smallest of just 32 agencies state-wide to earn accreditation with the Tennessee Law Enforcement Accreditation Program. Tuesday night, city leaders celebrated the achievement, the result of a 3-year inspection of their policies and practices from paperwork to patrol. "We want to provide excellence in everything that we do," said Chief Tim Christol. "This gives us the opportunity to look at our standards, to look at our policies, our practices, our training, and let our peers across he state come in and assess these same things and take a look and see how we're doing; give us some encouragement on the things that we're doing well; the things we need to improve on."
In the wake of the indictment of former Red Bank Officer Mark Kaylor on assault charges in a 2014 arrest, Chief Christol says he hopes this will demonstrate to the community that they set the bar high. "I hope they see this as, we're doing the best we can for them. We are not only, again, meeting those standards. We're exceeding these standards, everyday."
Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher introduced Chief Christol at Tuesday night's City Commission meeting. In his remarks, Chief Fletcher reminded Commissioners that the accreditation will allow the Tennessee Municipal League to discount the cost of insuring Red Bank Police Officers, thereby providing a savings to employees and taxpayers.