Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­news CALEA ac­cred­i­ta­tion

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann is proud to an­nounce that the Com­mis­sion on Ac­cred­i­ta­tion for Law En­force­ment Agen­cies Inc. has suc­cess­fully com­pleted the sec­ond an­nual re­view of the law en­force­ment ac­cred­i­ta­tion pro­gram.

The Sher­iff’s Of­fice showed com­pli­ance with the rel­e­vant stan­dards that rep­re­sent the “best pro­fes­sional prac­tices” for law en­force­ment agen­cies na­tion­wide.

CALEA states the Sher­iff’s Of­fice has fully demon­strated its vol­un­tary com­mit­ment to law en­force­ment ex­cel­lence by liv­ing up to a body of stan­dards deemed es­sen­tial to the pro­tec­tion of the life, health, safety and rights of the cit­i­zens it serves.

The com­pli­ance man­ager com­mented that, “…this is un­doubt­edly an agency-wide ac­com­plish­ment.”

He con­tin­ued to praise the agency for a “… demon­strated ex­cel­lent un­der­stand­ing of the process, and an im­pres­sive will­ing­ness to lis­ten to and give con­sid­er­a­tion to ex­ter­nal ob­ser­va­tions.”

He ended with, “I ex­tend my thanks and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for your out­stand­ing pre­pared­ness and pro­fes­sion­al­ism.”

Hof­mann said he firmly be­lieves that CALEA com­pli­ance strength­ens the agency’s ac­count­abil­ity, both within the agency and the com­mu­nity, through a con­tin­uum of stan­dards that clearly de­fine author­ity, per­for­mance, and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

The Queen Anne’s County Of­fice of the Sher­iff has de­vel­oped a com­pre­hen­sive, well thought out, uni­form set of writ­ten di­rec­tives. This is one of the most suc­cess­ful meth­ods for reach­ing ad­min­is­tra­tive and op­er­a­tional goals while also pro­vid­ing di­rec­tion to per­son­nel, he said.

Hof­mann said he has es­tab­lished stan­dards that pro­vide the nec­es­sary re­ports and analy­ses he needs to make fact-based, in­formed man­age­ment de­ci­sions.

CALEA ac­cred­i­ta­tion can limit the Sher­iff’s Of­fice po­ten­tial li­a­bil­ity and risk ex­po­sure be­cause it demon­strates that in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized stan­dards for law en­force­ment have been met, as ver­i­fied by a team of in­de­pen­dent out­side CALEA-trained as­ses­sors.

Hof­mann thanked all em­ploy­ees of the Sher­iff’s Of­fice for their roles in prov­ing com­pli­ance with the many stan­dards.

“It is only with the co­op­er­a­tion and buy-in of ev­ery sworn of­fi­cer and civil­ian em­ployee that we are able to achieve and main­tain this high-level pro­fes­sion­al­ism,” Hof­mann said.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Dis­play­ing the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice cer­tifi­cate from the Com­mis­sion on Ac­cred­i­ta­tion for Law En­force­ment Agen­cies, from left, De­tec­tive Sgt. Troy Low­ery, Ma­jor Dwayne Board­man, Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann, Hu­man Re­sources Man­ager Fran­cis Roudiez, Lt. Mark Meil, and First Sgt. John Mey­ers.

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