Sheriff’s Offices receives international accreditation
The Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) received another accreditation when Sheriff Ezell Brown, Commissioner Ronnie Cowan and staff members obtained official international accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) on March 25.
The NCSO welcomed members from CALEA on Nov. 28-30 to conduct a standards compliance assessment.
In the months after the audit was completed, a final assessment report was created to disclose the results (see attached).
During the assessors’ visit, Chief David Moen, Auburn Police Dept. (Maine) and Captain Norman Mann, St. Louis County Police Dept. (Missouri) toured and assessed the facility through audits, reviews, hearings and evaluations to ensure the agency was in compliance with the internationally established standards. Verification by the assessment team is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation, a highly regarded recognition of professional excellence in public safety.
The assessors noted on multiple occasions that the NCSO had three years to prepare for the on-site assessment, however, successfully completed it in under a year and had zero non-compliance issues with the standards.
In the summary report, the assessment said that “It is evident that CALEA standards and practices have become part of the culture of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.”
Accreditation status represents a monumental professional achievement and it also confirms that the NCSO has policies and practices that are consistent with progressive professional international standards.
The sheriff’s office is extremely honored and proud to be accredited by CALEA.
Receiving this accreditation will continue to instill greater public confidence in our agency and employees.
The CALEA Accreditation award is valid for four years, and the agency is required to maintain continuous compliance during the award period. An assessment is conducted annually to ensure compliance is being maintained.
In conjunction with CALEA accreditation, the NCSO also holds Georgia State Certification, National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) accreditation, and American Correction Association (ACA) accreditation. These accreditations/certifications make NCSO eligible for the prestigious National Sheriff’s Association Triple Crown Award.