LCSO Reaccredited, Meets State Standards

LCSO Reaccredited, Meets State Standards
Left to Right: Lt. Charles Manning, Bonnie Rollison, Lt. Col. Robert Buckman, Sheriff Mike Chapman, Lt. Col. Mark Poland, Major John Fraga, Lt. Chris Sawyer and Chandra Evans.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office was awarded reaccreditation by the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC) today before a panel of top Virginia law enforcement officials made up of appointed Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.

In Dec. 2016, a team of three assessors from VLEPSC spent three days at the Loudoun Sheriff’s Office to review the office’s 190 standards. The standards cover all aspects of the agency including patrol, administrative and special operation functions, court security, civil process, criminal investigations and budget.

“The award of accreditation is a testament to the efficiency and effectiveness of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the men and women who serve the community,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman in a prepared statement. “The hard work, achievements, and professionalism of our employees are well recognized with this award.”

The LCSO was first accredited in 1999 and is one of 96 state accredited agencies in Virginia that is recognized by the commission. Agencies wishing to retain accredited status must complete the accreditation process every four years. During the four-year period, the agency must submit annual reports attesting to the continued compliance with accreditation standards.

Verification by the team of assessors that the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office meets the standards of VLEPSC is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation. A presentation of the accreditation team’s findings was made to the Executive Board of the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Accreditation Commission in Newport News on Jan. 5. VALEC members made the findings official with a formal vote.