Accreditation

Accreditation

The Sheriff’s Office is a state accredited agency with the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC). Accreditation is a four-year certification and is an ongoing process whereby policies and procedures are evaluated against established criteria, otherwise known as standards.

The Sheriff’s Office was reassessed for compliance with the VLEPSC Program Manual Standards on October 16-19, 2017. Compliance was verified by an independent and authoritative body through on-site staff interviews, observation and an in-depth review of agency files. The file review involved 190 standards divided into four general subject areas: Administration, Operations, Personnel and Training. Each file contained four years of documentation with a cumulative total of approximately 3,000 pieces of compliance documentation.

The on-site assessment team concluded their assessment, finding the Sheriff’s Office 100% compliant with all accreditation standards. The Sheriff’s Office appeared before the VLEPSC Commission on October 24, 2017, in Bristol, Va., where the Sheriff’s Office received its third official Award of Accreditation. The next accreditation reassessment is scheduled for October 2021.

The Sheriff’s Office was audited on Aug. 2-4, 2017, by a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) certified auditor for continued compliance with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) Adult Prison and Jail Standards.

The PREA Audit consisted of, at a minimum, a sampling of relevant documents and other records and information for the most recent one-year period. The audit also included a review of all relevant agency-wide policies, procedures, reports, internal and external audits, and accreditations. In addition, the auditor observed all areas of the facility and conducted interviews with deputy and civilian staff members throughout the rank and file, contractors, volunteers, and a representative sampling of inmates.

The Sheriff’s Office earned a 100% compliance rating and was certified as a compliant agency for the program’s second audit cycle. PREA is a three-year certification. The next PREA audit is scheduled to occur in July-August 2020.

Click here for more information about the VBSO’s compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act.

The Sheriff’s Office Accreditation Manager Erin Crean may be reached at ecrean@vbso.net.