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Accreditation Management

Corporal Jon LightThe cornerstone of any law enforcement agency is its written directive system, or at the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, our Sheriff’s Manual, SOP’s and Lesson Plans. By nature, law enforcement personnel want to perform correctly and efficiently, but while dealing with daily problems, policy and practice can be stressed in opposing ways. Consequently, this is the first area reviewed by legal counsel regarding civil liability.

For this reason, CCSO has participated in the voluntary accreditation process administered by the international Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Law Enforcement Accreditation is a management model designed specifically for law enforcement agencies, where CALEA staff maintain and monitor agency compliance with more than four hundred and fifty professional standards that participating agencies use to implement procedures for managerial, supervisory, operational and investigative success.

A significant achievement, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is the first and only law enforcement agency serving Carroll residents to receive accredited status, and one of just 750 nationwide. In addition to the local and professional confidence attained by our adherence to the industries best practices, the Sheriff’s Office accredited status also provides Carroll County Government with a monetary return through a 10% discount on the counties liability insurance.

On August 1, 2009, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office was once again awarded law enforcement accreditation by CALEA. Having obtained initial accreditation on July 29, 2006, the 2009 award marks the agency’s first re-accreditation andCALEA demonstrates continued compliance with the highest standards. The next on-site evaluation will take place in the Spring of 2012, and preparations for that on-site evaluation have already begun. Through dedicated self-evaluation with the CALEA process, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office will always be looking to improve policies, procedures, and practices, resulting in continued professional and effective law enforcement service to Carroll County.

Carroll County Sheriff's Office • 100 North Court Street • Westminster, Maryland 21157
410.386.2900 or 1.888.302.8924

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is committed to recruiting initiatives that reflect a fair and impartial representation of minority groups and females among its employees and applicants in approximate proportion to the minority composition of the Carroll County community.