Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Completes Accreditation Process

Today, Sheriff John Cottle announced the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has completed the CALEA Accreditation process. The purpose of CALEA’s Accreditation Program is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, long-term planning, fiscal management, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence.

The body of standards was developed using source materials voluntarily submitted by preexisting state programs and by many state and local law enforcement agencies nationwide. Those standards were based on case law, state statutes, administrative mandates, model policies and professional management materials. The program is the standard-bearer for modern law enforcement.

“I would like to thank the men and women of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in obtaining such a high standard of professionalism,” said Sheriff Cottle. “This is not an easy accreditation to achieve and it takes months to earn. If it were easy, everyone would do it.”

Sheriff Cottle earned Lincoln County’s first accreditation in 2008.

Benefits of Accreditation

-Improves officer and public safety
-Addresses high risk management issues
-Promotes operational efficiency through policy development
-Provides a norm for the agency to judge its performance
-Provides a basis to correct deficiencies before they become public problems
-Requires agencies to commit policies and procedures to writing
-Promotes accountability
-Verifies compliance
-Provides a means of independent evaluation of agency operations
-Minimizes an agency’s exposure to liability
-Potentially reduces liability insurance costs
-Enhances the reputation of the agency, thereby attracting the best qualified candidates for employment
-Increases public confidence

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