Sheriff’s Office seeks comments from members of the local community
CENTREVILLE — As part of the process required to maintain national law enforcement re-accreditation, the Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff will undergo an onsite assessment conducted by a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) on July 11–13.
Accreditation is a voluntary process that recognizes law enforcement excellence, adherence to the Commissions stringent standards and aims to assure the citizens in the county that the Sheriff’s Office is among the finest in the nation.
The team of CALEA assessors will perform a comprehensive examination of the Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures, management, operations and support services. As part of the on-site assessment, employees and the public are invited to provide comments regarding the county’s Office of the Sheriff directly to the CALEA assessment team via telephone, U.S. mail or in person.
Community members can make comments by phone by calling 410-758-2416 extension 1900 between 1–3 p.m. on July 12. Phone comments are limited to 10 minutes. Written comments may be sent to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc., 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, Va., 22030.
The public hearing session will be held in the County Commissioners’ Hearing Room located in the Liberty Building in Centreville on July 11 beginning at 6 p.m. Community members are invited to attend this session to comment on the compliance of the Sheriff’s Office to the CALEA standards.
The Sheriff’s Office attained CALEA Recognition in July of 2010 and full accreditation in November 2013. The CALEA assessment team consists of law enforcement professionals from similar police agencies and the re-accreditation occurs every three years.
CALEA was established as an independent accrediting authority in 1979 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the National Sheriff’s Association and the Police Executive Research Forum.