- Sheriff's Office
- Support Services Bureau
- Accreditation Unit
The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office is an Accredited Agency
Achieving and maintaining accredited status for over 30 years requires dedication and commitment across all areas of our agency. The accreditation programs promote best practices, encourage community involvement, and enhance the Community Oriented Policing philosophy. To earn and maintain accreditations, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office voluntarily complies with, and in many cases exceeds, nationally, and in some cases internationally, recognized standards of operation. In fact, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office is one of 5% of law enforcement agencies nationwide to achieve CALEA accreditation.
Benefits of Accreditation
- Promotes partnerships with the community to enhance public safety
- Provides a means to identify, prioritize, prevent, and solve community concerns
- Assures the community we are held to a higher standard of professionalism
- Provides an outside, independent review of the agency’s commitment to excellence
- Encourages support for line level employees
- Greater accountability within the agency
- Provides for continuous improvement of operating practices
The following are accreditations currently held by the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office:
- American Correctional Association (ACA)
- National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC)
- Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies(CALEA)
- Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation Program
- Public Safety Communications Accreditation Program
- CALEA Accreditation Letters
- CALEA Perpetual Action for Public Safety and Criminal Justice
- Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP)/County Sheriffs of Colorado (CSOC)
- Bomb Squad - United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation
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 initial award in 1993, with the most recent award being in 2021. We are one of only 49 sheriff’s offices in the country to have attained Triple Crown status and the first to receive the award under a fourth sheriff.
CALEA Public Comment Portal
The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office participates in The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Law Enforcement and Communications accreditation programs. The accreditation process intends to provide the participating agency with information to support continuous improvement and foster the pursuit of professional excellence. As a part of the programs’ process, we provide an opportunity for public feedback via the CALEA Public Comment Portal.
The purpose of this public portal is to receive comments regarding our compliance with CALEA standards, engagement in the community, delivery of public safety services, and overall candidacy for accredited status. These comments can be in the form of commendations or concerns. To access the portal, please click the link below:
It is essential to know that CALEA is not an investigatory body; subsequently, the public portal should not be used to submit internal affairs complaints needing investigation. Additionally, there will be no response other than acknowledgment to submissions; however, the information will be considered in context to its relevancy to compliance with standards and the tenets of CALEA® Accreditation.