Accreditation will increase the Sheriff's Offices ability to prevent and control crime through more effective and efficient delivery of law enforcement services to Fauquier County. Accreditation enhances community understanding of the Sheriff's Office and its role in the community as well as its goals and objectives. Citizen confidence in the policies and practices of the agency will be increased. Accreditation, in conjunction with the philosophy of community policing, commits the Sheriff's Office to a broad range of programs (such as crime prevention) that directly benefit the public. Accreditation creates a forum in which the Sheriff's Office and citizens work together to control and prevent crime. This partnership will help citizens to understand the challenges that confront law enforcement. The Sheriff's Office will, in turn, receive clear direction from the community about its expectations. Thus, a common set of goals and objectives will be arrived at and implemented.
There 190 standards that are divided into four general subject areas: Administration, Operations, Personnel, and Training.
The Administration area covers those law enforcement operations that are involved with the day-to-day management of the organization. These standards address the agency mission, goals, and public service role. Components of the organization that do not normally deliver direct law enforcement services to the community are addressed under this section, including Planning and Research, Budget and Fiscal Management, and Communications. This section is the largest division, containing 77 standards under 25 topic areas.
The Operations section covers those areas where direct service delivery is most often found. Patrol, Criminal Investigations, and Court Security are examples of standard types found in this section. Operations contain 70 standards under 14 topic areas.
The Personnel section is devoted to subjects involving areas of policy that govern the employment, career opportunities and the work environment. Subjects such as Selection and Hiring, Performance Evaluations, and Discipline are found here. The Personnel section contains 35 standards in 11 topic areas.
The very important area of standards is found in the Training subject area. Although this section contains only 8 standards in 4 topic areas, the policies developed for these items greatly influence many other subject areas.
For more information on, and the importance of Accreditation, please see:
Agencies in Self-Assessment Phase: http://www.dcjs.virginia.gov/accred/selfAssess.cfm
Overview & Benefits: http://www.dcjs.virginia.gov/accred/overview.cfm