Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office Achieves “Quadruple Crown" Accreditation Status


The Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office received re-accreditation from the American Correctional Association (ACA) in August 2010.  This award recognizes the attainment of excellence in the operation of the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center (ADC). 

Achieving this recognition makes the Sheriff’s Office a “Quadruple Crown Accredited Agency." The accreditations include the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission, the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, the Virginia Department of Corrections and the American Correctional Association.

ACA standards are the national benchmark for the effective operation of correctional facilities across the country. The ADC and its employees received a perfect score on all applicable mandatory standards. The review ensures compliance with numerous administrative and fiscal controls, staff training and development, health and safety, and emergency procedures. The ADC has been accredited by ACA since 1983.

The three-person accreditation team commented that the Adult Detention Center is one of the cleanest and quietest jails in the country and that security is excellent.

“The Sheriff’s Office strives to be the best of the best, providing a safe, healthy, innovative environment for our employees, inmates and the Fairfax County community,” stated Sheriff Stan Barry. “Constantly working to meet or exceed the standards set forth by professional accrediting organizations helps us come closer to achieving that goal. I am proud of our staff for going above and beyond every day to make the Sheriff’s Office a winner.”

These accreditation programs offer the opportunity for agencies to evaluate operations against national standards and benchmarks in law enforcement and life, health and safety criteria in jail operations.


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