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Sheriff's Office asks for public comment during accreditation

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office will be assessed by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies in April and is asking for public input during the assessment period.

The Sheriff’s Office was initially awarded CALEA accreditation in 2004 in an effort to improve management systems and show good stewardship, and is inspected every three years by a CALEA accreditation team.

A team of inspectors will conduct a review from April 11 to 14. The team will review all aspects of Sheriff’s Office operations in light of national standards considered priorities for large law enforcement agencies.

Community members can help the inspection team evaluate community partnerships, staff interactions with the community, and quality of service delivery. Sheriff Pat Garrett is offering members of the community four ways to share information with the inspection team between now and the end of the inspection:

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  • Any member of the community can e-mail the inspection team with comments at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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  • Comments can be mailed to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, 13575 Heathcote Blvd., Suite 320, Gainesville, Va, 20155

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  • On Monday, April 11, at 6 p.m., the public can attend a hearing in the Charles Cameron Memorial Auditorium in the Public Services Building at 155 N. First Ave. in Hillsboro. Those who wish to speak will be allowed 10 minutes to comment on standards compliance.

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  • On Tuesday, April 12, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., you may call 503-899-2669 and share comments by telephone. (The line will otherwise be inoperable.) Telephone comments are limited to 10 minutes.

    For more information on CALEA, call 703-352-4225, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For information on standards compliance, call the Sheriff’s Accreditation Manager, Marcy Allie, at 503-846-6307.