Sher­iff’s Of­fice seeks com­ments from mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity

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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.

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