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Purpose of the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies

The Commission was formed for two reasons: to develop a set of law enforcement standards, and to establish and administer an accreditation process through which law enforcement agencies could demonstrate voluntarily that they meet professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery.

The overall purpose of the Commission's accreditation program is to improve delivery of law enforcement service by offering a body of standards developed by law enforcement practitioners and covering a wide range of up-to-date law enforcement topics. It recognizes professional achievements by offering an orderly process for addressing and complying with applicable standards.

Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Accreditation History

The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office is one of only five Sheriff's Offices in the state that are accredited. The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office received its fifth re-accreditation in 2012, and is due for reaccreditation again in 2015. There are 464 CALEA standards that the agency has to meet and prove.

The Standards

The standards address nine major law enforcement subjects:
  • role, responsibilities and relationships with other agencies
  • organization, management and administration
  • personnel structure
  • personnel process
  • operations
  • operational support
  • traffic operations
  • prisoner and court-related activities
  • auxiliary and technical service

  • The standards help law enforcement agencies:

  • strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities
  • formalize essential management procedures
  • establish fail and nondiscriminatory personnel practices
  • improve service delivery
  • solidify interagency cooperation and coordination
  • boost citizen and staff confidence in the agency

  • Sullivan County Sheriff
    P.O. Box 589
    Blountville, TN 37617
    (423) 279-7500

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