WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. - A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies came to verify the Washington County Sheriff’s Office Monday.
The agency was first accredited back in 2010, and the accreditation takes place every three years. The Commission’s state of the art standards examines and helps enforce the Sheriff’s Offices procedures, management, operations and support services.
Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore said his agency is able to better serve the community, and also protect the agency in certain situations because of the national standards they follow. A public hearing was held for anyone who wanted to express any concerns they have with the Sheriff’s Office.
“It requires you to do certain things, interactions with the public, following procedures again, for example pursuits, and how you do that. So it's effective in reducing the risk for the county, as well as making the agency more professional,” said Washington County Sheriff Doug Mullendore. ”If you're involved in some kind of civil litigation it shows the judge or jury you are following national standards.”
There will be a formal committee hearing and review of the assessment in July 2014.