Speaking to the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Pachyderm Club today, Republican sheriff nominee Jim Hammond said he wants to obtain national accreditation for the sheriff’s department.
He said such accreditation would make the department eligible for federal and state grants and standardize personnel practices.
Mr. Hammond, a former Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy, said the department would have to devote a staff member to the accreditation process.
He said the department likely is not accredited because the process only has been in place for about 15 years. It takes three years to gain the accreditation, he said.
Mr. Hammond will face Democrat Greg Beck and independents Jim Winters and Tim Akins in the Aug. 7 sheriff election.
For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.