For the first time, both the Dublin Police Department and the Dublin-based Northwest Regional Communications Center earned accreditation awards.

The police department earned its ninth award for law-enforcement accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, and the NRECC received accreditation for public safety communications.

This was the first time the NRECC, begun in 2015, was eligible for the accreditation. It is done during a three-year cycle, said Lynn Odenthal, accreditation manager.

The NRECC is based in Dublin police headquarters and is a safety communications agency partnership with police departments in Dublin, Hilliard and Upper Arlington and fire departments in Norwich and Washington townships and Upper Arlington.

Only 90 communications centers in the U.S. are accredited, and only 42 of those have received both communications and law-enforcement accreditation, said Dublin police Chief Heinz von Eckartsberg.

Residents can look at city services and know they meet the highest standards in the industry, von Eckartsberg said. Dublin's police department meets more than 400 law-enforcement standards, he said.

Dublin's department includes 113 civilian and officer staff members, von Eckartsberg said. Of that figure, 72 are officers.

The accreditation process was previously a three-year cycle, but CALEA officials have announced they will move to a four-year cycle from this point, Odenthal said.

CALEA representatives will visit law enforcement agencies to conduct audits every four years, Odenthal said. They will review randomly selected records on an annual basis.

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