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Office of Professional Standards
The Office of Professional Standards (OPS) protects and serves the public, employees and offenders by gathering information, examining operations, enforcing departmental standards and laws through audits and investigations and recommending solutions. The office, formerly known as Investigations and Compliance, was established in 2005. the office efficiently and effectively coordinates, collaborates, assimilates and disseminates information, findings and intelligence to the leadership and staff of the Georgia Department of Corrections, as well external local, state and federal entities and agencies.
The office accomplishes its mission by recruiting the best, most qualified for the job, promoting quality education and training, optimizing information technology and integrating it into the department's systems and processes and applying state of the art equipment focused on comprehensive, multi-agency networks focused collaboration, communication and cooperation. The results are unbiased, uncompromising and reflect the highest professional standard.
OPS consists of five units: Internal Investigations Unit, Offender Affairs/Ombudsman Unit, Intelligence Unit, Compliance Unit and the Apprehension Unit. PREA and Safety also fall under OPS. The Safety unit consists ensuring that the agency is in compliance with Right to Know. State Safety Rules and Regulations, Standard Operating Procedures, Industrial Hygiene and OSHA standards. The PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) unit serves as the agency's liaison regarding all PREA-related issues within our facilities.
- Criminal Intelligence Unit
- Digital Forensics
- Financial Investigations
- Polygraph Services
- Security Threat Groups (Gangs)
- Administrative Investigations
- Inmate Concerns
- Ombudsman Unit
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