Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff Certification

The Virginia Sheriffs’ Institute has partnered with the University of Virginia to establish a Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff Certification Program.

The Certification Program is designed to advance the professionalism of sheriffs and deputy sheriffs in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The office of sheriff, like other professions, requires special study, knowledge, and skills.

The constituency that is served by the sheriff and his/her staff deserves a high level of professional competence. This Certification Program is designed (a) to set forth regulations and standards that recognize professional attainment, and (b) to meet and update those standards.

The Certification Program will: assure the public of the basic knowledge and competency of the sheriffs and deputy sheriffs Assure the sheriffs and deputy sheriffs of reasonable professional recognition Assure professional advancement and acknowledgement of the competency of sheriffs and deputy sheriffs by their colleagues in the field of municipal law enforcement.

When properly implemented, the Certification Program will lead to acceptance as law enforcement professionals by the public, the business community, the academic society, and the field of criminal justice.

To download more informatino, please click the Sheriff and Deputy Certification Handbook October 2012

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