Sheriff seeks public comment for reaccreditation

Mar. 27, 2013 @ 05:34 PM

The Durham County Sheriff’s Office is seeking its fifth reaccreditation by The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) beginning Monday.

As part of the reaccreditation process, the public is invited to provide comment about the Sheriff’s Office during an information session on Wednesday. The session begins at 7 p.m. in courtroom 3A of the Durham County Courthouse at 510 S. Dillard St.

Public comments will also be taken by phone on Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. at 919-560-7589. Written comments about the Sheriff’s Office accreditation are also accepted by sending correspondence to: The Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA), 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 100, Fairfax, Va., 22030-2215.

Comments made at the public information session and by telephone are limited to 10 minutes and must specifically address the ability of the Sheriff’s Office to comply with the accreditation standards mandated by CALEA.

The Sheriff’s Office was accredited for the first time in August 1998. The reaccreditation process occurs every three years and ensures that the Sheriff’s Office is complying with 480 CALEA standards. The Sheriff’s Office is one of only five in North Carolina to maintain CALEA accreditation. The other four agencies are Beaufort, Cumberland, Forsyth and Hoke county sheriff’s offices.

For more information about CALEA, visit www.calea.org.