Since 2003, the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office has been a fully accredited agency by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). CALEA is a national/international independent entity. CALEA was founded in 1979 through the joint efforts of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the National Sheriff’s Association and the Police Executive Research Forum. Law enforcement accreditation is a voluntary process in which agencies agree to comply with 459 professional “best practice” standards as defined by the accrediting body. Compliance with these standards serves as a commitment to professionalism.
As part of HCSO’s commitment to our community to become re-accredited in the coming years, an Accreditation Public Comment Portal was developed by CALEA to allow citizens to share comments regarding an agency’s compliance with CALEA standards, engagement in the service community, delivery of public safety services and overall candidacy for accredited status. These comments may be shared in the form of commendations or concerns.
If you have a moment, HCSO encourages and values your input as part of our re-accreditation process. Please click here to access the Accreditation Public Comment Portal. Thank you!