Sheriff Mark Bowen and members of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office recently attended an awards banquet in Winston-Salem, N.C., to receive their award from the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. CALEA is an international organization that recognizes outstanding achievement in law enforcement agencies. The CALEA accreditation award is for three years, and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is now required to maintain continuous compliance during the award period by submitting annual reports attesting to the compliance with the standards under which it was accredited. This is the second accreditation award for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.
To earn accreditation, agency employees had to comply with 188 standards. A team of assessors from CALEA visited Hamilton County in August to examine policies and procedures, management, operation and support services.
“The accreditation process allows the members of the agency, as well as the members of the community, to be confident that the policies and procedures that guide the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office are based on current, effective, and equitable best practices in policing,” Bowen stated.