- By Ashleigh Sloop
- Posted Thursday, January 30, 2014
Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Receives CALEA Reaccreditation
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) is pleased to announce that it has successfully passed the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) on-site assessment and reaccreditation award. This assessment of the FCSO is part of the process required to continue accreditation by CALEA. The CALEA assessors reviewed extensive agency files to determine compliance with all applicable 480 CALEA standards, observed agency daily activities, inspected agency law enforcement equipment, and conducted extensive and detailed interviews with staff at all levels of the organization.
In addition, the assessors conducted telephone interviews with elected county and municipal officials, other local law enforcement agencies and judicial representatives. Many citizens, and other interested parties called in to express their support and satisfaction with the service provided by the FCSO to the citizens of Forsyth County.
Most of the assessor comments centered on the obvious pride and professionalism of our sworn law enforcement officers. As an agency, we have devoted much effort to training our law enforcement officers and support personnel, developing high quality written policies for staff guidance, implemented a professional promotion system, and providing our personnel with technological improvements that contribute to our fighting crime capabilities and enhancing officer safety. The assessors also commented very positively about our great Sheriff’s Citizens Patrol Program and the tremendous savings to the tax payers by utilizing many citizen volunteers to assist in accomplishing essential non-law enforcement administrative duties. Our Chaplaincy Program was also applauded for our community outreach activities, providing pastoral care and counseling to agency staff, citizens and victims of crime.
We sincerely and deeply appreciate all of the fine remarks and expressions of support made to the assessors from the citizens of our county. The FCSO will continue to work diligently to ensure the best practices and highest professional standards are always incorporated into our daily law enforcement operations. Our goal is to continue to provide the best law enforcement services possible to all of the citizens of Forsyth County.
The FCSO is one of only five sheriff’s offices currently accredited in North Carolina. The agency received its official reaccreditation award during the CALEA Conference on Saturday, November 16th.