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Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Working Towards Public Safety Communications Re- Accreditation

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce the upcoming CALEA Public Safety Communications re-accreditation on-site assessment.  This program is a joint effort of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International (APCO). The program was developed in 1999. The goal of this accreditation program is to promote superior public safety communications services and recognize professional excellence.

Verification by the assessment team that the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Regional Dispatch Center meets the C.A.L.E.A. Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain Communication accreditation, and is a highly prized recognition of public safety communication professional excellence throughout the world.

On August 14-16, 2016, a team of 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 on-site assessment, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office would like to extend an invitation to members of the community, client agencies and agency employees to offer comments by calling the CALEA® assessors on the unrecorded line of (303) 663-7759 on Monday, August 15, 2016, between the hours of 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.

If you are unable to call in, but would like to provide comments to the assessment team, 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/public safety communication 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.

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 attesting to continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

A copy of the standards is available for viewing at the Douglas County Sheriffs’ Office, 4000 Justice Way, Castle Rock, CO 80109. Local contact is Lynette McMurtry with the Sheriff’s Office, telephone (303) 814-7078.

Sheriff Tony G. Spurlock and the staff of the Douglas County Regional Dispatch Center welcome your participation in our effort to become an internationally accredited public safety communication center.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc., please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155, or e-mail to: calea@calea.org.

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