HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (9/18/17) — Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office announced the agency has been named an Accredited Law Enforcement Agency at the Kentucky Sheriff’s Association annual conference in Bowling Green.

HCSO received the certificate of accreditation Sept. 14, Sheriff Matt Sanderson said, adding it is the first time in the agency’s history to achieve the status.

"The program is a progressive and time-proven way of helping institutions evaluate and improve their overall performance and gives the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office the tools necessary to ensure that all policies and procedures conform to the most up-to-date professional law enforcement standards," Sanderson wrote in a press release.

A team of independent professionals was assigned to verify that all applicable standards were successfully implemented, he said. The process culminates with a decision by an authoritative body that the institution is worthy of accreditation. State accreditation through the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police and supported by the Kentucky Sheriff’s Association is not mandatory, but it does reflect the willingness of the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office to strive for professional excellence for Hopkins County.

In addition, the sheriff said the overall goal of the accreditation program is to promote effectiveness and professionalism and improve the delivery of law enforcement services to its citizens and visitors.

Benefits to the Community:
• Provides a means of independent outside evaluation of the agency’s overall operations.
• Provides a basis to correct deficiencies in the agency's operations before they become problems.
• Requires the agency to commit policy and procedures to writing and keep them updated.
• Provides a standard for our agency to judge its performance.
• Reduces liability insurance costs, which saves taxpayer dollars.
• Promotes accountability among agency personnel and the evenhanded application of policies.
• Enhances the reputation of agency, thereby helping to attract the most qualified candidates for employment.

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