Law Enforcement Accreditation

International and national law enforcement, corrections and healthcare accreditations demonstrate the willingness of the Atlantic County Sheriff's Office to consistently provide professional excellence to the residents of Atlantic County. Accreditation is achieved through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA).

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA) was established in 1979 as an independent accrediting authority by four law enforcement associations: The International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs’ Association and the Police Executive Research Forum. Its accreditation program requires agencies to comply with the highest standards in four areas: policy and procedures, administration, operation and support services.

Designed to reflect the best professional practices in each respective area, the standards deal with the “what”, leaving the decision of “how” up to each agency. The accreditation process for the Sheriff’s office is managed by a team of subject matter experts who work hand in hand with the Sheriff, the Executive Staff, and agency members within the law enforcement, corrections, and healthcare areas.

Benefits to the Community

  • The agency’s administrative and operational policies and procedures are in accordance with a body of nationally certified and recognized professional standards
  • Assurance that every aspect of the agency’s personnel system is in accordance with professional standards
  • International recognition of professional excellence
  • Assures the community the agency is committed to providing the highest quality services possible and that the policies and procedures are not only effective and responsive but are fair and equitable
  • Enhances community understanding, cooperation and support of the agency and it’s role in the community
  • Liability litigation is deterred
  • State-of-the-art, impartial guidelines for evaluation and change when necessary
  • Provides neutral guidelines for developing strong budget justifications, especially for personnel and their allocation across function and activities
  • Promotes standardization of policies, increasing efficiency in handling calls for assistance, referrals, and joint investigations with other agencies
  • Promotes relationships with prosecutors, courts, correctional agencies, and state and local government officials
  • Adds to employee confidence and assures they are part of an agency which is nationally recognized as being a provider of truly professional services