CALEA Accreditation Programs

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office proudly holds accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). This recognition underscores our commitment to excellence in public safety by maintaining rigorous standards, administering a comprehensive accreditation process, and embracing the latest public safety initiatives.


The purpose of CALEA (link this to the CALEA page) Accreditation is to establish a foundation within public safety agencies that focuses on achieving the best outcomes in the delivery of services. Consistent internal and external review, combined with third-party validation of an agency’s policies and procedures, is critical in the delivery of high-quality public safety services and promotes accountability. The Law Enforcement Accreditation process focuses on standards that provide best practices related to life, health, and safety procedures for the agency. These standards are considered foundational for contemporary law enforcement agencies. The program provides the framework for addressing high-risk issues within a contemporary environment and ensures officers are prepared to meet basic community service expectations and to manage critical events. Although accreditation does not prevent all negative outcomes, it does set the course for success and provides a toll for review and ongoing measurement against stated objectives.

Some of the benefits of participation in CALEA Accreditation are:

Increased Community Advocacy – Accreditation creates a forum in which law enforcement agencies and citizens work together to prevent and control challenges confronting law enforcement and provides clear direction about community expectations.

Stronger Defense Against Civil Lawsuits – Accredited agencies are better able to defend themselves against civil lawsuits, and many agencies report a decline in legal actions against them once they become accredited.

Reduced Risk and Liability Exposure – Many agencies report a reduction in their liability insurance costs and/or reimbursement of accreditation fees.

Greater Accountability Within the Agency – CALEA Standards give the CEO A proven management system or written directives, sound training, clearly defined lines of authority, and routine reports that support decision-making and resource allocation.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office first became CALEA accredited in 2005. Our agency maintains accreditation year after year by adhering to best practices in the law enforcement industry.

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