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The Local Agenda: Flowery Branch may add phone, online pay of traffic tickets
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Flowery Branch City Council is looking at obtaining the services of nCourt, a Woodstock-based company that enables users to pay for traffic citations online or by phone using a credit card.

The service is free and requires no contract, according to nCourt.

Partnerships between governments and nCourt have eased government workloads, reducing phone calls by 35 percent and court dockets by 20 percent and increasing fines collected by 25 percent, states nCourt literature.

Other area governments using the service include Baldwin, Cornelia and Oakwood.

The matter will go before City Council at its meeting Thursday, which is set to start at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 5517 Main St.

Gainesville police seeking seventh reaccreditation

A public information session is set for Nov. 12 on the Gainesville Police Department’s reaccreditation efforts.

The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. at Municipal Court , which is in the Gainesville Justice Center, 701 Queen City Parkway. A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies plan to arrive that day to study the department’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services, Chief Brian P. Kelly said Monday. The team’s verification that the department meets the commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation and is “a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence,” he said in a press release.

Those who can’t attend the public meeting can still provide comments by calling 770-297-5423 between 1 and 3 p.m. Nov. 13. Telephone and public meeting comments are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the commission’s standards.

A copy of these standards is available at the Gainesville Justice Center.

Comments also can be submitted in writing to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.

The police department must comply with 480 standards to gain accredited status, Kelly said.

“Accreditation is an important part of ensuring the citizens we serve that their police department is functioning in a professional and efficient manner,” he said in the release.

The department was first accredited for five years in March 1993.  The department must be reassessed every three years to retain reaccreditation, and this will be the police department’s seventh reaccreditation effort.

The department’s accreditation manager, Sgt. Dale Cash, said the assessment team comprises law enforcement officials from similar, out-of-state agencies. Gainesville will be visited by Chief John Letteney of Southern Pines, N.C., and Capt. Richard Lane of Vero Beach, Fla.

The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals and visit offices and other places where compliance “can be witnessed,” according to the release.

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