The Newport News Sheriff’s Office has once again received accreditation from the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission (VLEPSC).
This award ensures the community that the sheriff’s office is adhering to best practices on policy and procedure.
For two days in mid-April, three assessors reviewed the agency’s performance against a rigorous set of measurable standards. They poured over documents, looked at conditions in the jail and other NNSO buildings, conducted surprise interviews with deputies to test their knowledge, checked equipment and much more.
Seeking accreditation is voluntary and Sheriff Gabe Morgan is proud of his team. He, along with Lt. Ireland of Accreditation and Maj. Hughes, NNSO’s professional standards bureau chief, accepted the accreditation award during the VLEPSC executive board meeting on May 11 in Warrenton.
On the Facebook page of the sheriff’s office, Sheriff Morgan wrote, “I want to publicly thank the NNSO team on achieving their 1st Re-Accreditation with the Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission. Although everyone played a part in achieving this distinction, the tip of the spear was Maj. Hughes, Lt. Ireland and Sgt. Jones.”
VLEPSC accreditation remains in effect for four years.
The commission is comprised of active members of The Virginia Sheriffs’ Association and the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police.