Sheriff's Office Awarded International Accreditation
Sheriff P.J. Tanner recognized accreditation as a proven way to help law enforcement organizations evaluate and improve their overall services, performance and professionalism. So in December 2008, the Sheriff's Office entered the process of accreditation and implemented the self-assessment process in pursuit of CALEA accreditation.
Self-assessment is the internal, systematic analysis of the agency's operation and management to determine if the agency complies with the applicable CALEA standards. The standards required to achieve international accreditation are a blueprint of excellence in law enforcement services. The achievement of this award is a testament to citizens, government officials and law enforcement colleagues that the agency meets those higher standards.
Unlike audits that point out deficiencies without solutions, the accreditation audit mandates corrective action on deficiencies identified during the assessment process. To achieve accreditation, a law enforcement agency is required to comply with appropriately 1,000 standards with associated written policies ensuring compliance.
Currently only 31 municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies in South Carolina are accredited. Nine of the 46 Sheriff's Offices in South Carolina have received such accreditation. This accreditation strengthens the agency's accountability, limits liability and risk exposure, and assists in the agency's commitment in the pursuit of excellence. In addition to receiving international accreditation, the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office also has been awarded state accreditation.
Sheriff Tanner is very proud of the employees of the Sheriff's Office and the dedicated work and contributions each has made in order to achieve this recognition. He says the Sheriff's Office was committed to achieving international accreditation, and he is equally committed to maintaining this accreditation throughout his tenure as Sheriff of Beaufort County.