Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

The Morris County Sheriff’s Office is scheduled for an on-site assessment starting Nov. 14 as part of a program to maintain accreditation by verifying that it meets professional standards.

The accreditation program, administered by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., requires agencies to comply with state-of-the-art standards in policy and procedures, administration, operations and support services.

“Verification by the team that the Morris County Sheriff’s Office meets the
commission’s standards is a significant element of the voluntary accreditation process,” said Morris County Sheriff Edward V. Rochford. “It is a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professionalism and excellence.”

According to Rochford, the Sheriff’s Office first gained accredited status in March of 1998 when it came into compliance with 337 standards. Accreditation is for three years, during which the Sheriff’s Office must submit annual reports attesting to its continued compliance with the standards under which it was initially accredited, Rochford said.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m., in the Morris County Freeholders Public Meeting Room on the 5th Floor of the county Administration and Records Building on Court Street in Morristown.

Comments may also be made by phone by calling (973) 285-6053 on Nov. 16, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Comments will be taken by the assessment team.

Telephone comments as well as appearances at the public information session are limited to five minutes and must address the ability of the Sheriff’s Office to comply with CALEA standards, a copy of which is available at the Sheriff’s Office in the Morris County Courthouse in Morristown.

Written comments may be sent to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 10306 Eaton Place, Suite 320, Fairfax, Va., 22030-2201.

Additional information may be obtained by calling (800)368-3757 or (703)352-4225 or by visiting the CALEA Web site, www.calea.org .