The Professional Standards Section is commanded by Captain Brad Heyden.
The Training, Accreditation, Employment and Internal Affairs Units make up the Professional Standards Section.
The goal of Professional Standards is to ensure the appropriate level of training for law enforcement personnel, and to promote public confidence in law enforcement. This goal is attained by making sure all divisions within the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and all members of those divisions, are aware of the Office’s policies and procedures and are in compliance with them at all times.
The accreditation unit drafts policy, at the direction of the Sheriff, and in compliance with the Commission on the Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). These policies and procedures are the foundation of a modern, professional law enforcement agency, and are also the foundation of being accredited.
Members of Professional Standards are charged with seeing that all policies and procedures are up to date at all times, and being complied with by all members of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. To that end, they visit all offices on a regular basis, inspecting records and making sure all procedures are being followed appropriately.
Training has been cited as an important responsibility in any law enforcement agency. Training serves three purposes. First, well trained officers are generally better prepared to act decisively and correctly in a variety of situations. Second, training results in greater productivity and effectiveness, and third, it fosters cooperation and unity of purpose. Furthermore, agencies are now being held legally accountable for the actions of their personnel and for failing to provide initial or remedial training. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office recognizes the importance of training and is committed to providing the best training available to all personnel.
Recruiting and hiring employees that meet the high standards of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is also the responsibility of the Professional Standards Section.
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA ®) is a credentialing authority (accreditation), based in the United States, whose primary mission is to accredit public safety agencies, namely law enforcement agencies, training academies, communications centers, and campus public safety agencies.