The Madison County Sheriff's office received accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies or CALEA.
The Sheriff's office started the process back in 2015 and it's now the second sheriff's office in the state of Alabama to earn the accreditation. CALEA looked at 188 different elements before accrediting the sheriff's office, and it includes the department's human resource policies, training, and arrest procedures.
Lt. Donny Shaw explained Monday how much time and effort went into earning the accreditation.
"It's not going to be a lot that they can observe from the outside, but on the inside we have these 188 standards we are in compliance with. You may see an addition to their badge or patrol cars, but you will see continued professional performance," he said.
Although the Sheriff's office has earned it's accreditation it's work isn't over. Throughout the next four years, deputies will have to continue to adhere to the standards, and it will go through re-accreditation every four years.