Benefits to the Chief or Sheriff

Increases cooperation and coordination with other law enforcement agencies and other branches of the criminal justice system.

The accreditation process requires an in-depth review of every aspect of the agency’s organization, management, operations, and administration to include:
  • Correction of internal deficiencies and inefficiencies before they become public problems
  • Establishment of agency goals and objectives with provisions for periodic updating
  • Re-evaluation of whether agency resources are being used in accord with agency goals, objectives, and mission
  • Re-evaluation of agency policies and procedures, especially as documented in the agency’s written directive system
  • The opportunity to re-organize without the appearance of personal attacks
The accreditation standards provide norms against which agency performance can be measured and monitored over time. It provides the agency with a continuous flow of Commission distributed information about exemplary policies, procedures, and projects. Accreditation also provides objective measures to justify decisions related to budget requests and personnel policies. It serves as a yardstick to measure the effectiveness of the agency’s programs and services. The services provided are defined, and uniformity of service is assured. It also streamlines operations, providing more consistency and more effective deployment of agency manpower.