Virginia’s Department of Criminal Justice Services formally recognized the efforts of the Clarke County Sheriff’s Department for its recent accreditation by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC). Gary Dillon, program manager for the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services presented Sheriff Tony Roper with a formal certificate at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting acknowledging the accomplishment.
“The accreditation process is very rigorous” Dillon told the Clarke County Board of Supervisors. “A team of assessors visited the Clarke County Sheriff’s Department and evaluated its operations against 180 approval standards that must be met. Your community should be very proud of this accomplishment.”
Dillon said that Ropers department was unanimously approved for accreditation by VLEPSC. Of the 400 law enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth of Virginia, only 51 other sheriff’s departments have gained accreditation from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission.
Begun in 1996, the Accreditation Program evaluates an agency’s compliance with more than 180 program standards for law enforcement.
Dillon added, however, that accreditation is not an “event”, but rather a “process” because once accredited the sheriff’s office must continue to observe and implement VLEPSC professional standards.
Both Dillon and Supervisor chairman Michael Hobert (Berrvyille) commended Sheriff Roper and several department staff members who attended the meeting.
“I congratulate the entire sheriff’s office for this outstanding accomplishment” said Hobert.