DOUGLAS COUNTY – The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) is about to be named the first law enforcement agency in the county that’s accredited internationally by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).
“This is a milestone event in the 151-year history of the Sheriff’s Office,” Sheriff David A. Weaver said. “It will bring even more prestige to the residents of Douglas County as well as the men and women in the Sheriff’s Office who strive daily for excellence.”
CALEA conducted a four-day on-site assessment of the DCSO in August. The assessors called it “one of the best inspections ever” and said the people who work there are incredible and said they were impressed with the staff’s “job knowledge and enthusiasm.”
The credentialing authority evaluates law enforcement agencies worldwide for their abilities to deliver public safety services, for efficient use of resources and setting standards and goals, among many other things. Agencies with CALEA accreditation have high standards and operate under best practices. Studies show workers compensation, liability coverage, and property claims drop significantly in accredited organizations.
DCSO began preparing for accreditation two years ago. The office completed a self-assessment of its policies and procedures, then took steps to meet the standards set by the commission.
During the on-site visit, CALEA praised the numerous crime prevention, volunteer and youth programs conducted by DCSO. The assessors were also “really impressed” with the traffic investigation unit, the sex offender registry, the crime lab, the property and evidence facility and staff, in addition to the Sheriff’s patrol, investigations, court, records, dispatch and emergency management units.
“You should all pat yourself on the back for doing a great job,” the assessors said.
They were so impressed, the evaluators planned to present several of the DCSO programs and annual reports to their own police agencies out of state so that they can be replicated there.
The DCSO evaluation will be reviewed by the CALEA commission, which will then award the official accreditation in November.
“The work doesn’t stop here. Now, we work toward reaccreditation which will be in 2015,” Deputy Cocha Heyden, accreditation manager said. “We will now work diligently to demonstrate continued excellence and compliance with law enforcement CALEA standards.”
For any questions, please call Deborah Sherman, Community Resources, 303.814.7067 or e-mail DSherman@DCSheriff.net.
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