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.