The Woodstock Public Works Department could soon join the police department as an accredited agency.

Town Manager Angela Clem confirmed the Public Works Department is working toward becoming an accredited agency.

The police department attained accreditation in May.

Many of the accreditation standards are already being followed.

“Our Public Works leadership team has done an excellent job of updating policies and procedures, as well as practices in accordance with these standards,” Clem said.

The Prince William County Public Works Department, which is accredited, is scheduled to visit Woodstock on March 8 to conduct a peer review to help the town gauge where they are at in getting prepared for the final full accreditation process tentatively scheduled for June 3-6.

Clem said the American Public Works Association sets the best practices in the public works industry.

“Accreditation provides recognition of those professional processes and helps us improve in every division and facet of our work,” Clem said.

The benefit to the town and its citizens is that accreditation assures that the recommended management practices are continually evaluated and are always looking to continuous improvement.

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