Sheriff’s Office Receives Law Enforcement Accreditation

March 27, 2009

Sheriff Barry accepts certificate of accreditation from Chief Summers.On March 26, 2009, the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office received the Certificate of Accreditation from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC) for its commitment to excellence. This highly prized recognition means that the Sheriff’s Office is in compliance with nearly 200 accepted standards for efficient and effective agency operation. Only 77 of Virginia’s 360 law enforcement agencies are accredited by VLEPSC.

“This award reflects a great sense of pride and accomplishment for the men and women of the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office,” said Sheriff Stan Barry. “It demonstrates our commitment to professionalism and excellence that enables us to deliver high quality services to the residents of Fairfax County.”

The rigorous assessment process, conducted every four years, includes standards compliance checks and a three-day on site visit. The three person assessment team examined all aspects of the department’s law enforcement policies and procedures, management, administration, operations and support services.

VLEPSC consists of Virginia sheriffs and police chiefs who are selected for their expertise and knowledge. It was established to provide law enforcement agencies in Virginia with an avenue for demonstrating that they meet all applicable program standards and provide annual verifications of compliance as required by the Commission.

Pictured is Sheriff Stan Barry accepting the VLEPSC Certificate of Accreditation from Herndon Police Chief Toussaint Summers. Chief Summers is a member of the Executive Board for VLEPSC.


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