The Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office is among an elite group of law enforcement agencies having earned accreditation by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission. Of the more than 360 law enforcement agencies in Virginia, the Sheriff's Office is among only 82 having earned the distinction. Chesterfield County was also the third Virginia jurisdiction where both the Police Department and Sheriff's Office were accredited. Chesterfield shares this distinction with eleven other localities. Accreditation is considered perhaps the best measure of professionalism among law enforcement agencies.
The Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission consists of representatives of the Virginia Sheriff's Association, Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. It has established 215 professional standards by which law enforcement agencies are measured. In providing the accreditation program, the commission's goals are:
- To increase the effectiveness and efficiency of services provided by law enforcement agencies
- To promote cooperation among agencies
- To ensure proper training for law enforcement personnel
- To promote public confidence in law enforcement
Accreditation sets the standards by which an agency must continue to operate in order to achieve re-accreditation. These professional standards must become a routine way of conducting business in the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Office. There are on-going reviews, with re-accreditation occurring every four years.
For more information contact 804-768-7461.
(Article Contributed by Dave Goode, Chesterfield County Public Affairs Department ).