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Accreditation reinstated for sheriff’s office
Forsyth County Sheriff's Office

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office celebrated a milestone recently: the reinstatement of a national credentialing program viewed as a benchmark for professional law enforcement agencies.

Officials with the sheriff’s office announced Jan. 3 the local law enforcement agency had been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies.

“I’m very proud of the hard work done daily by the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office. Their professionalism allowed us to quickly obtain CALEA National Accreditation,” said Sheriff Ron Freeman. 

He added that the certification is “the ‘blue ribbon’ seal of approval to insure our citizens that we are meeting the highest standards of our profession and that we are constantly reviewing those ‘best practices’ to keep us at the forefront in providing professional law enforcement services to the citizens of Forsyth County.”

In August 2015, after receiving accreditation for more than 12 years, then-Sheriff Duane Piper announced the agency would withdraw from the program.

During Freeman’s campaign for office, he said he would work to reinstate accreditation within his first 18 months on the job.

The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office hosted an assessment team from the accreditation group in August 2017.

According to its website, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies was the first credentialing program established by the organization after its founding.

It was originally developed to address what was seen “as a need to enhance law enforcement as a profession and to improve law enforcement service delivery.”

Certification programs are open to all types of law enforcement agencies and provide specific standards. The website states that accreditation programs provide a process “to systemically conduct an internal review and assessment of the agencies’ policies and procedures, and make adjustments wherever necessary to meet a body of internationally accepted standards.”