Washington Co. Sheriff's Office accredited

December 07, 2010

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office was one of 94 public safety agencies to be accredited last month by the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc., according to a commission news release.

Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore said the accreditation took two years to obtain.

“The accreditation assures that the (sheriff’s office) is using nationally accepted standards and policies,” Mullendore said.

He said the accreditation could lower his agency’s insurance rate because it shows that the sheriff’s office meets national law enforcement standards.

In July, two assessors from CALEA visited Washington County to observe the sheriff’s office to determine whether it deserved accreditation.

CALEA accredited the Hagerstown Police Department in 1994 and reaccredited the department in 1999, according to the city's website.

Four major law enforcement executive associations — the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the National Sheriffs' Association and the Police Executive Research Forum — established CALEA as an independent accrediting authority in 1979.

“The standards upon which CALEA’s programs are based reflect the best thinking and experience of contemporary public safety practitioners and researchers,” the CALEA news release said. “The standards are considered benchmarks for today's public safety agencies.”
— Dan Dearth

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