The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and the Accreditation Process
On July 24, 1988, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office was the first law enforcement agency in South Carolina and the seventy-fifth in the nation to become accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. Compliance with accreditation standards has allowed this office to operate uniformly and professionally as do other accredited institutions, such as schools, hospitals, and universities.
The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office is also accredited and an active participant through the South Carolina Police Accreditation Coalition (SCPAC), receiving its first award in March 2010. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Accreditation program is an initiative of the South Carolina Police Chiefs’ Association and the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association. The Program is a voluntary program for professional improvement, fashioned in ways that best meet local needs while simultaneously expressing commitment to professional law enforcement practices.
Working for an accredited agency affords you recognition as a professional. The Sheriff’s Office maintains written policy complying with 459 standards, along with additional standards from the SCPAC that serves as a guide for handling the most basic to the most unusual situation. All employees, individually and collectively, benefit daily from accreditation.
On July 31, 2020, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office received its first Public Safety Communications Accreditation award complying with 207 standards. The Sheriff’s Office is the eighth agency in the state of South Carolina to obtain communications accreditation.