Sheriff’s Office Earns Law Enforcement Reaccreditation from CALEA

(l-r) CALEA President/Chair Craig Webre, Captain Robyn Nichols, Accreditation Manager Debra Defreitas, and CALEA Executive Director W. Craig Hartley, Jr., at the certificate presentation ceremony. Courtesy photo.

Alexandria Sheriff Dana Lawhorne proudly announced that the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office has been reaccredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). The Office received its formal reaccreditation at a ceremony Saturday, July 28, during CALEA’s summer conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

As part of the reaccreditation process, CALEA assessors visited the Sheriff’s Office in April for a three-day on-site assessment to examine the Office’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services related to law enforcement. While the Alexandria Police Department is the primary law enforcement agency for the City of Alexandria, the Sheriff’s Office does have law enforcement responsibilities, serving as a secondary responder with its primary mission of operating the William G. Truesdale Adult Detention Center, managing courthouse security, transporting prisoners, and serving legal process and warrants.

CALEA first accredited the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office in 1990 and the Office has been reaccredited every term since then. The Office is also accredited by the American Correctional Association and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care and certified by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and the Virginia Department of Corrections.