Law enforcement accreditation assessment team invites public comment

Team will begin to examine all aspects of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services

VANCOUVER – A site-based assessment team from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®) will begin to examine all aspects of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services, Sheriff Chuck Atkins announced Friday. 

“Verification by the team that the Clark County Sheriff’s Office meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation — a highly prized recognition of public safety professional excellence,” Atkins said. 

As part of the assessment, agency personnel and members of the community are invited to offer comments at the Sheriff’s West Precinct located at 505 NW 179th Street, Ridgefield, WA 98642. Comments will be limited to 10 minutes each; and masks and social distancing will be required. 

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would still like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone. The public may call (564) 397-5861 on June 16, 2021 between the hours of 11 a.m. and noon. 

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with the CALEA standards. 

Persons wishing to offer written comments about the Clark County Sheriff’s Office’s ability to meet the standards for accreditation are requested to write: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA®), 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155. 

“The Clark County Sheriff’s Office must comply with 364 applicable standards in order to gain accredited status,” Atkins said. “CALEA accreditation has helped our agency to stay on the forefront of the best in police practices in all the areas of responsibility mandated by law of the Sheriff! I am pleased to say that we at the CCSO are proud of the fact that we have met this level of professionalism for over 30 years.”

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