Assessors with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., commonly known as CALEA, will visit the Lexington County Sheriff's Department from Sunday, August 10 through Wednesday, August 13 in order to conduct an on-site assessment. The organization will conduct the assessment in order to determine whether the Sheriff's Department will maintain its status as an accredited agency by showing compliance with professional standards.
The accreditation program requires agencies to comply with rigorous standards concerning policy and procedures, administration, operations and support services.
Lexington County Sheriff A. Lewis McCarty invites agency employees and citizens to meet with assessors and offer comments about whether the Sheriff's Department complies with accreditation standards promulgated by CALEA during a public hearing that will be conducted at 6 p.m. on Monday, August 11 at the chambers used by Lexington County Council on the second floor of the Lexington County Administration Building, 212 South Lake Drive, Lexington.
McCarty also invites agency employees and citizens to call assessors at (803) 785-2702 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday, August 11. Members of the assessment team will answer the phone and speak with citizens and agency employees who call to comment concerning whether the Sheriff's Department complies with the accreditation standards promulgated by CALEA.
Persons who want to review the CALEA standards can contact Sheriff's Department Accreditation Manager Katherine Luvisi at (803) 785-7599 and make arrangements to review the standards at Lexington County Sheriff's Department headquarters, 521 Gibson Road, Lexington.
McCarty said citizens and agency employees also can submit written comments to: Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.