BCSO: Accreditation assessment team wants your feedback

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY/Press Release) — Brunswick County Sheriff Office says a team of assessors from the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., will be in Brunswick County and want to hear from you.

The team will examine all aspects of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services in order to verify that the
Sheriff’s Office meets the Commission’s standards.

“The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is required to comply with 189 very specific professional standards in order to achieve and maintain accreditation status”, said Sheriff John Ingram. “This is an exciting time for the Sheriff’s Office and the community we serve. CALEA accreditation is a lengthy and challenging process, but to unequivocally assure our community that their Sheriff’s Office is conducting business in a manner that is consistent with absolute best-practice in law enforcement, it is worth every step.”

The community, as well as Sheriff’s Office personnel, are invited to attend a public information session on Tuesday, March 6 beginning at 3 p.m. to offer comments and feedback regarding compliance.

The session will be held at the Brunswick County Commissioners’ Chambers located in the David R. Sandifer Administration Building at 30 Government Center Drive, Bolivia.

Those who are unable to attend the public information session, but would like to provide comments, may call 910-253-2698 on Wednesday, March 7 between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Written comments can also be sent to Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc. (CALEA®), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320 Gainesville, Virginia 20155.

Comments in person or by phone will be limited to 10 minutes and must address the ability of the Sheriff’s Office to comply with CALEA Standards. The standards are available and may be reviewed at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office by contacting Accreditation  Manager Elizabeth Bynum at 910-253- 2855 and scheduling an appointment.

Accreditation is a four year process, during which time the Sheriff’s Office will be required to maintain electronic files proving compliance. The files will be reviewed remotely each year, with an on-site assessment the fourth year.

Additional information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. can be obtained by writing to the Commission at the aforementioned address, by calling (703) 352-4225 or by emailing at calea@calea.org.

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