|Commission will make final decision in January |
The assessment team looks on as members of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office explain the use of certain equipment. Above, from left, are Greg Marshal (Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office), Bill English (Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office) and Donna Akers (Christiansburg Police Department).
Monday, December 9, 2013
A team of assessors from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission has completed a three-day examination of all aspects of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office policy and procedures, management, operation and support services.
"The purpose of the visit by the team was to ensure that the sheriff's office meets the commission's state-of-the-art standards that are part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation -- a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence," said Sheriff Bill Overton.
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office must comply with 186 standards, many with multiple sub-headings, in order to gain accredited status, he added.
The assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar agencies, according to Daniel Marcey, accreditation manager for the sheriff's office. The assessors spent time last week reviewing written material, interviewing deputies and staff, as well as visiting offices and other places where compliance to standards could be witnessed.
"The assessors will now prepare their report for the commission, which will meet on Jan. 16, 2014, to decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status," Marcey said.
At the exit interview, Lt. Bill English of the Westmoreland County Sheriff's Office said, "It is obvious how much has been accomplished by the sheriff's office in the past two years under the leadership of Sheriff Overton."
Additionally, English indicated that his report to the commission would reflect that he found the Franklin County Sheriff's Office in compliance with all 186 standards that are required.
Accreditation is not a one-time occurrence, it is an ongoing process, Marcey said. Status is granted for four years, during which time the agency must submit annual reports to attest to the continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.