The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Accreditation Division is responsible for maintaining an accredited status with organizations created for the purpose of improving the law enforcement profession. Achieving an accredited status involves self-evaluation of agency policies, procedures, training, and personnel management before the accrediting body conducts a formal review of the agency.
The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office was awarded international accreditation on July 28, 2018 by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) and was the sixth Sheriff’s Office in the state to receive this award. The Sheriff’s Office is now in CALEA’s four-year Accreditation cycle that includes annual remote, web-based file reviews and a site-based assessment every four years. The agency is expected to be re-accredited in late 2022.
The summer of 2022 proved to be an exciting time for the Accreditation Team. The agency was selected to participate in the newly-formed North Carolina Law Enforcement Accreditation (NCLEA) program as a pilot agency. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office was the first Sheriff’s Office in the state to go before the NCLEA Accreditation Committee and receive recommendation for the NCLEA award. We are looking forward to completing the final step of the NCLEA process and becoming a dually-accredited agency in the near future.
The Accreditation Manager is responsible for maintaining the associated assessments of each accrediting body and any project related to the accreditation, including policy management, law enforcement-related statistics and needed records. In addition, the Accreditation Manager also manages the Records Division, which assists the Sheriff, Chief Deputy, or designee with public records requests and helps to manage or facilitate the agency’s compliance with statutes regarding records and records retention.
The purpose of this portal is to receive public comments regarding our agency’s compliance with CALEA standards, engagement in the service community, delivery of public safety services, and overall candidacy for accredited status. These comments can be in the form of commendations or concerns.