By Joe Beck
The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office has received its third accreditation award from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission.
The accreditation program, administered through the state's Department of Criminal Justice Services, requires law enforcement agencies to meet hundreds of stringent standards in areas such as report writing and collection and storage of evidence to gain accreditation.
Maj. Scott Proctor said the accreditation is a source of pride for the Sheriff's Office and an asset for the county residents.
"What this does for the public, it increases the effectiveness of our delivery of services and ensures proper training," Proctor said. "One of the biggest benefits we see is it instills a culture of professionalism and accountability, and we believe that will be ongoing."
Proctor said the law enforcement professional standards commission voted unanimously for the accreditation on May 15. The commission is made up of police chiefs and sheriffs from throughout the state. The Sheriff's Office must earn a new accreditation award every four years. Shenandoah County received its first accreditation in 2006.
Proctor said an assessment team made up of law enforcement professionals from around Virginia inspected files and reviewed activities, equipment and facilities as part of a three-day accreditation assessment.
"Overall, it promotes public confidence in law enforcement as a whole," Proctor said of the accreditation. "In our case, and any other accredited agency will tell you this, it holds deputies and staff and the agency to a higher standard."
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