Sheriff Ira Edwards, Jr., announced that on November 20, 2010, The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) awarded CALEA Recognition to the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Edwards commended the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office members for the professionalism during the Recognition process and awarding of Recognition status. Recognition provides objective evidence of an agency’s commitment to improve resource management and service delivery. The process holds the agency accountable and sets the bar for professionalism. This voluntary process to achieve Recognition status means that the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office is committed to providing enhanced service to the citizens of Athens-Clarke County.
In August 2010, a CALEA assessor spent several days inspecting Clarke County Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures, interviewing staff and reviewing the operations of the Agency to ensure compliance with all required standards put forth by the commission. On November 20, at its Garden Grove, California conference, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies voted unanimously to award Sheriff Ira Edwards, Jr. and the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office with Recognition. With the achievement, Clarke County Sheriff’s Office became the eighth Sheriff’s Office in Georgia to be awarded by CALEA. To qualify for the Recognition award, an agency must meet 112 standards from the Standards for Law Enforcement Agencies accreditation manual. The standards address life, health and safety issues, critical legal issues and conditions which reduce risk and high liability exposure.
Recognition benefits Athens-Clarke County citizens by promising consistency in policy and procedures that comply with nationwide standards as well as promoting community cooperation and understanding. The Recognition award is also part of the Sheriff’s Office goal to achieve Law Enforcement Accreditation.
CALEA was established as an independent accrediting authority in 1979 by the four major law enforcement executive associations: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); National Sheriffs' Association (NSA); and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF).
The CALEA Recognition Award Letter