The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office is a nationally accredited agency.
The accreditation process encourages community involvement and enhances the Community Oriented Policing philosophy. Accreditation:
- Encourages support for line level employees
- Ensures the protection of all individual’s civil rights
- Promotes partnership with the community to enhance public safety
- Provides a means to identify, prioritize, prevent, and solve community problems
- Provides for continuous improvement of operating practices
Accreditation provides a method for members of our community to gauge our organization's professionalism using nationally recognized standards. One of the most significant benefits of the accreditation is the reduction of the number of lawsuits and the reduced severity of civil litigation.
Because the accreditation process is not an accomplishment that can be completed without agency-wide commitment, every member of the Sheriff’s Office contributes in some way and therefore can take pride when the accreditation awards are presented.
The following are accreditations currently held by the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office:
- American Correctional Association - ACA, the oldest accreditation organization in America, was developed specifically for practitioners of the corrections / detentions profession.
- National Commission on Correctional Health Care - Serves as an accreditation body for correctional health care services.
- Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies - CALEA was developed primarily for accreditation of law enforcement functions, it has expanded to communications centers and training functions.
- Public Safety Communications Accreditation Program - The CALEA Public Safety Communications Accreditation Program provides a communications center, or the communications unit of a public safety agency, with a process to systemically review and internally assess its operations and procedures.
- Colorado Law Enforcement Professional Standards and Accreditation Award - The Colorado Association of Chief’s of Police (CACP) established a professional standards committee to review 110 standards, which address a wide variety of police practices ranging from dispatch operations to department policies for various law enforcement agencies in the state.
Triple Crown Award
Agencies that have received accreditation with ACA, CALEA, and NCCHC are eligible for the National Sheriffs' Association coveted Triple Crown Award. The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office received the Triple Crown Award again in 2017. We are only the second agency in the country to receive this designation under three different sheriffs.