On June 17, 2015 the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office hosted a retirement ceremony for Inspector Wayne Garrett. Wayne is a Master Assessor and friend to all. His ceremony was attended by many prominent community figures as well as past and present VLEPSC assessors. Wayne, we wish you well in your future endeavors. Thank you for your service and we truly thank you for a job well done. We salute you.
Congratulations to the following agencies, received re-accreditation at the February 19, 2015 VLEPSC Meeting in Newport News, VA:
- Martinsville PD 4th Re-accred
2. Pittsylvania Co. SO 2nd Re-accred
3. James City Co. PD 3rd Re-accred
4. Page Co. SO 3rd Re-accred
5. Charlotte Co. SO 2nd Re-accred
6. Lexington PD 4th Re-accred
The Patrick County Sheriff’s Office recently earned accreditation through the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC). Sheriff Dan Smith was presented the certificate of accreditation on October 23rd at the annual VLEPSC conference. Sheriff Smith said that the process to attain accreditation is an extremely difficult one, with much attention paid to policy detail and thoroughness. Smith said his agency has been involved in the process for a number years and that it took a commitment from everyone in the office to earn the accreditation. “Less than 25 percent of all law enforcement agencies are accredited. This puts us in an elite group of law enforcement professionals. This should be considered a milestone achievement for this agency and this county,” the sheriff said. The Patrick County Sheriff’s Office became the 92nd agency out of nearly 400 agencies statewide to become accredited.
The sheriff said that accreditation has many advantages. It increases the law enforcement agency’s ability to prevent and control crime through more effective and efficient delivery of law enforcement services to the community it serves. Accreditation enhances community understanding of the agency and its role in the community as well as its goals and objectives. As a result, citizen confidence and trust in the agency is enhanced. Accreditation commits the agency to a broad range of programs that directly benefit the public. It creates the framework for which police and citizens work together to control and prevent crime. This partnership helps citizens understand the challenges that confront law enforcement. The agency will, in turn, receive clear direction from the community about their expectations. Smith stated that operational, management, personnel and training policies are modeled in such a way to provide an armored shell of liability protection for the county, which is probably the greatest benefit.
Sheriff Smith and Major Garry Brown used the VLEPSC standards as a guide for writing the office’s policies. The sheriff said, “Every agency is unique, so we were able to conform the construction of policies to fit the needs of our agency and our constituency.” Smith said accreditation requires that 728 standards are complied with. A team of VLEPSC assessors toured the sheriff’s office for several days in mid-August and examined records and proofs of standard compliance in which the sheriff’s office ultimately passed with high marks. The sheriff stated, “The citizens we serve deserve the highest possible level of services and professionalism from us, and accreditation is the benchmark for which that is measured.” The cost of the process was minimal and the money used came from asset forfeiture funds resulting from drug arrests.
Administrative Staff Specialist Amy Shelor and Captain Ward Stone are the office’s accreditation managers. 911 Operator Felicia Beasley assisted with the clerical and organizational aspect of the process. Smith said, “I am proud of our employees and what they have been able to accomplish. I have never been more honored to serve this county and to be a part of this agency.”
HANOVER, Va. – The Sheriff’s Office has achieved its fourth consecutive state reaccreditation through the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC). Colonel David R. Hines, sheriff, was recently presented with his reaccreditation certificate at the Hanover County Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday, August 27, by Sheriff Charles E. Jett of Stafford County, who also serves as a VLEPSC commissioner.
“Our continued success in achieving reaccreditation through VLEPSC is a testament the dedication and professionalism of the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office. It is also made possible by the tremendous support of the community we serve, as well as the strong partnerships that we have established over many years. By receiving this award, our community can be reassured that their Sheriff’s Office upholds the highest of standards in their service to them,” said Colonel David R. Hines, sheriff.
The Sheriff’s Office had their on-site assessment on January 27-29, and was found in full compliance with 187 applicable standards. The Sheriff’s Office first achieved state accreditation in 1998 and is the only Sheriff’s Office in Virginia to be dually accredited through VLEPSC and Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Participating in both processes is voluntary.
The lead assessor, Captain James E. Richardson of the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, stated “the assessmentteamwasimpressedwiththeHanoverCountySheriff’sOfficeandthe professionalism of both its sworn and non–sworn members. This agency clearly demonstrates a high level of commitment and dedication to law enforcement and the needs of the citizens they protect
To achieve reaccreditation, the Sheriff’s must undergo a rigorous on-site inspection every four years by multiple specially trained, independent assessors, who examine all areas of the agency to ensure compliance with all applicable professional standards set forth by the commission. This requires the agency to maintain their accreditation files on an on-going basis and provide annual proofs of compliance.
Congratulations to the following agencies received reaccreditation at the July 23, 2014 VLEPSC meeting in Manassas Park:
- Wytheville PD
- Westmoreland Co. SO
- Wise Co. SO
The Prince William County Sheriff’s Office received their 5th VLEPSC award at their Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. The PWSO was the 2nd agency to become accredited when VLEPSC first began accrediting law enforcement agencies in 1996. The office is led by Sheriff Glendell Hill who has been sheriff for 3 of the 5 awards. Lt. Kellie Meehan is the accreditation manager and she is assisted by 1st Sgt. Amanda Thompson.
Prince William Co. Sheriff’s Office – 5th award
City of Winchester Police Department – 2nd award
Prince George Co. PD – Initial award
Prince Edward Co. SO – Initial award
Franklin Co. SO – Initial award