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AccreditationThe Accreditation Unit has the responsibility for securing accreditation for the Office of the Sheriff Law Enforcement Services by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). This Accreditation benefits the community thusly:
  • Adherence to law enforcement standards reinforces public confidence in law enforcement agencies much the same as it does for hospitals, universities, and other professional services. 
  • Written policies and procedures mandated by accreditation demonstrate the law enforcement agency intends to be responsive to and protect the rights of the community. 
  • Members of the public are provided with a general unbiased evaluation of the agency, providing them with a standard on which they can measure their Sheriff's Office against other agencies. 
  • Accreditation is an open process, as the agency's employees and the general public will be offered opportunities to comment personally and by letter on the agency's compliance with applicable standards. 
  • Accreditation demands accountability within the agency, to the community it serves, and to local government officials.
The Sheriff's Office received full Accreditation by CALEA August 1998.