accreditation process is designed to ensure that the agency meets the
very highest quality of professional standards for service in law
enforcement. The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
(DCJS) administers the VLEPSC program, which provides law enforcement
agencies in the Commonwealth with an avenue for demonstrating that they
meet nearly 200 accepted standards for efficient and effective agency
operation. On-site assessments are conducted by specially trained
program assessors to review the professionalism, quality, and
consistency of the agency’s operations and assure full compliance with
all of the standards of the program. Currently, there are over 85 accredited agencies out of approximately 400 law enforcement agencies in Virginia.
County Sheriff's Office became an accredited agency on May 26, 2005.
The announcement was made by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional
Standards Commission (VLEPSC). Once every four years, accredited
agencies must go through a re-assessment to make sure that agencies are
following the standards set forth by the commission.
On May 21, 2013 the VLEPSC Executive Board granted re-accreditation status to the Rockingham County Sheriff's Office.
Sergeant Cindy Cull-Wright, Jackie Hardesty, Investigator Kim Garber, and Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson receiving the Accreditation Award on August 28, 2013. The award was presented by Mr. Gary Dillon of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services.