Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Invites Citizens to Public Meeting on Accreditation

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce our upcoming Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (C.A.L.E.A) re-accreditation on-site assessment. The accreditation program requires our agency to comply with over 425 state-of-the-art standards covering four basic areas: policy and procedure, administration, operations, and support services.

Verification by the assessment team that the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation, and is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.

On August 2-5, 2015, a team of law enforcement executives from C.A.L.E.A. is scheduled to conduct an on-site assessment to verify that our agency meets these professional standards. As part of the assessment, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office would like to extend an invitation to everyone to attend a public hearing on Monday, August 3, 2015, at 5:30 pm to offer comments on our agency’s ability to comply with the standards. The session will be conducted in the Community Room of the Highlands Ranch Sheriff’s Office Substation located at 9250 Zotos Dr, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with C.A.L.E.A. standards. A copy of the standards is available for viewing at the Douglas County Sheriffs’ Office, 4000 Justice Way, Castle Rock, CO 80109.

If you are unable to attend the public hearing, but would like to provide comments to the assessment team, you may call 303-814-7091 on Monday, August 3, 2015, between the hours of 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. You may also offer written comments to:

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc.

13575 Heathcote Blvd Ste 320

Gainsville, Virginia 20155

The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar, but out-of-state agencies. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed. The assessors are Major Michael O’Brien and Captain Kerry Jackson.

Once the Commission’s assessors complete their review of the agency, they report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status. Accredited status is granted for four years during which time the agency must submit annual reports and undergo off-site reviews attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

Sheriff Tony G. Spurlock welcomes your participation in our effort to become an internationally accredited law enforcement agency.

For more information regard the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc., please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Blvd Ste 320, Gainsville, Virginia 20155 or email to: calea@calea.org.

CONTACT #1: Captain Robert McMahan, Professional Standards Division, 303-814-7031

CONTACT #2: Taylor Evans, Accreditation Manager, 303-660-7720