Madison Co. Sheriff's Office seeking international accreditation

The CALEA board will review it's findings and will announce this summer if the Sheriff's Office has met accreditation standards.

Posted: Apr 26, 2018 5:32 PM

The Madison County Sheriff's Office is working to receive law enforcement accreditation.

This week the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies or CALEA.

An assessment team is visiting the agency as a final step towards Sheriff's Office earning the accreditation.

During CALEA''s visit to the Madison County Sheriff's Office, they have conducted ride-alongs with deputies, interviews with people in the community and have talked with the public about their thoughts on the Sheriff's Office.

CALEA looks at 188 different elements when accrediting an agency.

Some of the elements include human resource policies and training.

WAAY 31 asked the assessor from CALEA if pending lawsuits against the Sheriff's Office could impact the assessment team's decision.

"We look holistically at the agency and at their practices and the inheritance to standards, but also at the agency themselves. That's part of our visit here that we get to see more than what's just on paper," said Gregg Jones a CALEA Assessor.

WAAY 31 learned the Sheriff's office started the accreditation process back in 2015.

Thursday, the Sheriff's Office is holding a public information session at the National Children Advocacy Center at 6pm.

The CALEA Board will review it's findings and will announce this summer if the Sheriff's Office has met accreditation standards.

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