On April 6 the Blount County Sheriff’s office were granted reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). The announcement was made recently in Raleigh, N.C., at CALEA’s spring conference. More than 850 representatives from law enforcement and other public safety agencies throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico attended.
This is the Blount County Sheriff’s Office second re-accreditation. The re-accreditation was approved by CALEA after it sent an assessment team to the Sheriff’s Office in December to examine the Sheriff’s Office’ operations for compliance with CALEA criteria.
The Sheriff’s office was initially approved for accreditation in March 2003, and received re-accreditation in March 2006. Accredited law enforcement agencies undergo re-accreditation every three years.
The Blount County Sheriff’s Office is one of only four sheriff’s offices in Tennessee to be accredited through CALEA.
“Accreditation assures the citizens of this community that we are providing the most professional law enforcement services possible,” said Blount County Sheriff James Berrong. “A lot of very hard work goes into the process, but we are a better agency because of it. I am very proud of our deputies.”
CALEA was established in 1979 to establish an accreditation process that provides law enforcement agencies an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet an established set of professional standards.