The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office (DKSO) will undergo an on-site review for reaccreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) April 22 - 25.
The public is invited to provide comments regarding the Sheriff’s Office services during a public information session Monday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. The session will be held at the Decatur branch of the DeKalb County Public Library, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. The CALEA assessment team will also accept comments by telephone at (404) 298-8146 on Monday, April 23, 1 - 3 p.m. Written comments should be mailed to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, VA 20155.
Public comments at the information session and by telephone will be limited to 10 minutes per speaker or caller and must address compliance with CALEA standards by the agency’s Field, Court, and Administrative Services divisions. Citizens may obtain a copy of the standards at the Sheriff’s Office or by contacting accreditation manager Melissa Manrow at (404) 298-8183.
Included in the Sheriff’s Office are Field Division employees, including uniformed deputy sheriffs, plain clothes deputy sheriffs/investigators as well as those in the Fugitive Unit, the Domestic Violence Unit, the Sex Offender Registry Unit, the Warrant Unit and the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team.
The Court Services Division provides security for the DeKalb County Courthouse complex. This division also monitors the activities of bonding companies serving DeKalb County.
The Administrative Services Division provides such areas of support as human resources, fiscal affairs, supply, information systems and mail processing.
The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office achieved CALEA accreditation in July 2000 and was reaccredited in 2003, 2006 and 2009. A CALEA examination constitutes a stringent peer review. Accredited agencies must undergo a reassessment once every three years to maintain accreditation.